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Nigella Lawson on controversial juice cleanses: ‘I think juice is the devil’s work and I don’t see the point of it’

Published 19/10/2015 | 16:10

British TV personality and food writer Nigella Lawson
British TV personality and food writer Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson poses with her book 'Simply Nigella' during day three of Stylist Magazine's first ever 'Stylist Live' event

Best-selling food writer Nigella Lawson has shared her thoughts on controversial juice cleanses and said they are completely unhealthy.

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Speaking at Stylist Live in UK, kitchen queen Nigella revealed she has never given her children juice and feels that the craze’s suggested health benefits are a myth.

“I think juice is the devil’s work. I cannot see the point of it. I don’t think it’s good for you.

“It gives us all the sugar without the fibre and it tastes both sour and sugary at the same time and I just don’t do it. I have never given my children juice,” she said speaking at the event.

The author, who has just released a new book Simply Nigella, also revealed that the term ‘clean eating’ grinds her gears as she believes it encourages people to eliminate whole food groups from their diet.

“It’s not the food, because I like all food - sometimes I’ll be very happy to have sweet potato and a bowl of kale. I just don’t like the term. I don’t like the view that other forms of eating are dirty and evil and shameful.

Nigella Lawson poses with her book 'Simply Nigella' during day three of Stylist Magazine's first ever 'Stylist Live' event
Nigella Lawson poses with her book 'Simply Nigella' during day three of Stylist Magazine's first ever 'Stylist Live' event

“Some people say that clean eating is just eating foods that aren’t processed, but I think it’s about banishing so many food groups that I think it does encourage an unhealthy attitude towards eating. I’m not an extremist. I feel that it is absolutely natural and right that we should prefer to put food into our body that makes us feel healthier, better, happier and generally fit for purpose.

“However, that doesn’t mean persecuting yourself with fears of what terrible things might happen were you to have a slice of cake,” she said.

Nigella, who was at the centre of a bitter divorce battle in 2013, also revealed that her best life advice is to not put things on the long finger and make an effort to tick things off the list.

“My words of advice would be do it now, that’s so important otherwise it doesn’t get done. You must always risk failure. Failure doesn’t matter but not trying matters,” she said.

“Also, I think you should be honest with yourself. If you’re going to do something, do it, and if you’re not going to do it, don’t tell yourself you’re going to…because if you get into the habit of disappointing yourself, that erodes you completely.”

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