Is A Soup Cleanse Better Than A Juice Cleanse?

by Sumdima Rai
Let’s face it. Guzzling down bottles of multi-hued juices to detox is easier said than done for most of us. But even so, juice cleanses have been in the news for quite some time now with celebs and it-girls swearing by its effectiveness in giving them clear skin, weight loss and a boost in the energy levels.

An alternative is the soup cleanse. A typical soup cleanse involves substituting standard meals with servings of different vegetable blends.

The question then arises: Is a soup cleanse better than a juice cleanse? We weigh in on the differences between the two to help you make a decision.

1. Roughage

In my view, there's no better start to the morning than with clean bowels (come on, we can be honest here at Z Living!) And that is taken care of by the presence of dietary fiber in soups. Soup involves using whole vegetables while juicing only takes the pulp. Fiber aids the detoxification and digestion process by binding the toxins and helping it get rid from your body.

2. Calories

Juice is nothing but fruits in a concentrated liquid form. Most juices provide more than two-thirds of their calories as sugar, with very little fiber, protein, or healthy fats. This can cause an increase in blood sugar, headaches, mood swings and fatigue. If you are juicing, it is advisable to have green juices that use leafy veggies. Soups contain very little sugar and not as many calories, thus, making them a healthier choice.

3. Protein

One of my main concerns with juice and soup detoxes was the protein content. Protein is a key nutrient that helps you feel full and energized while maintaining your lean muscle mass and boosting your metabolic burn. Fruits aren’t known for their protein content. Soups, on the other hand, can be made with protein-rich foods like lentils, tofu, seafood, lean meats, beans and nuts. So that’s a major plus for soups.

4. Fat

By no means does going on a weight loss regimen mean entirely cutting out fat from your diet. Low fat content in diet can lead to serious health hazards, as has been found by the American Heart Association. Juices tend to be very low in fat, which means juice detoxes can lead to Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency (EFAD) causing problems in the normal day-to-day functioning of the body. Soups can be made with a variety of ingredients and can be customized to ensure that they contain permissible levels of fat and other nutrients.

5. Taste

A soup's flavor is, hands down, the deciding factor for me. It is a win-win situation when a diet plan scores high on both health benefits and taste. Soups are more satisfying and more filling than juices. A soup can be a whole meal in itself. It can be had hot or cold. While consuming raw vegetables and fruits have their own plus points, certain ingredients need cooking to maximize their nutritional content. Since soups entail cooking, it is placed high on the nutrition meter.  

The Verdict

Your body is well-equipped to go through a natural cleansing process on its own if you nix the junk and focus on eating a veggie-loaded, well-combined diet regularly. But if it helps you incorporate more vegetables and plant-based nutrients in your diet, then surely, ladle the soup up! I plan to start replacing one meal a day with a hearty, broth-based soup that includes lots of veggies, some protein and loads of taste. What about you?
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