The Lemonade Cleansing Diet isn't new but has grown in publicity and popularity since the increased publicity about fasting as a way of improving health and losing weight. The slim volume that lays out the lemonade cleanse was written by Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Also known as The Maple Syrup Diet and The Lemonade Diet, supermodel Beyonce set the dieting world afire when she announced that, in order to star in Dreamgirls, she used the diet to shed pounds (yes, it IS hard to imagine Beyonce as needing to lose weight! :-)
How To Make The Lemonade Detox Diet Drink
Burroughs wrote his plan decades ago for health reasons, rather than vanity. Detox diets are very popular these days and this is one of the original American ones. The recipe for a single serving of the lemonade drink is:
2 Tablespoon or 1 fluid ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice – do NOT use bottled lime or lemon juice
2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) organic Grade B maple syrup
1/10 teaspoon or more of cayenne pepper
1 cup pure water
Since you're using fresh juice, a single serving, like above, is best. But if you want to pre-mix your drink (you will lose some of the food value of this) here's how:
3 small or 2 large lemons or limes
14 Tablespoons of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
2 liters of purified water
According to Burroughs, you should drink about 10 servings of this per day and he further recommends drinking laxative teas. And, he said, you can follow the diet for 10 days, or even longer. At the end of this time, you will be thoroughly cleaned out and detoxed – a claim we don't doubt at all.
Controversy About The Master Cleanse Drink
Clearly, there is little nutrition in the Lemonade Diet cleanse and doctors disapprove because of the lack of nutrition.
On the other hand, Burroughs believed in the power of lemons and limes to cleanse the body and many modern researchers and doctors do agree with this, including such popular doctors as Robert Young, author or The pH Balance diet. People have been fasting for literally thousands of years and have sworn by this practice as a way to detox the body, cure diseases and even extend life.
Fasting has been an unpleasant experience for me and I don't have an idea of trying the Lemonade Cleansing Diet, yet it has been successfully used for almost 70 years and has helped large numbers of people. The weight loss is secondary to health benefits. Even though this is called a "fad diet" I do not agree and can see that it could be beneficial to anyone who has the discipline to stick with it.