Sweetgreen’s Newest Salad: The Detox

How did your most recent juice cleanse go? Did you survive past day two or were you weakened at the sight of a Chicken Madness sandwich at Wisey’s after consuming nothing but ginger and lemon juice?

If you are in the unfortunate category of people who are looking for a new way to detox your body, the answer might be only a few blocks away from campus, namely at M and Bank St Northwest.

Sweetgreen recently added a new winter salad to their menu named the “Detox Salad.”

The vegan delight includes shredded kale, organic arugula, watercress, spicy broccoli, red onion, pears, avocado, and “umami” walnuts. The vegetable mash up is then topped with “housemade seasonal detox dressing” which consists of lemon, ginger, garlic, and chili powder.

The addition of the salad is at the heels of a growing trend in foods that are classified as “detoxifying.” The idea of what “detoxifying” means has been distorted in many different ways in the media and from all kinds of consumer products.

However, medical professionals tell us that our body detoxes on its own everyday to rid the body of toxins. It is dubious at best if any change in diet can aid the kidney, liver, skin, and lungs in detoxifying the body.

If any food could bolster the detoxifying process of our body, it would be through consuming a Mediterranean diet – full of meats, fish, olive oil, cheeses, amino acids, unsaturated fats, fiber, and starches to keep the human immune system functioning perfectly.

Yet, detox in the way that it is perceived today means something very different because it is often associated to weight loss.

Many of the foods that the detoxing culture encourages are still healthy and fantastic foods. We should all be eating “detoxing” foods, but not because they will somehow detoxify us, but because they are healthier than a midnight meal at Epicurean.

Full disclosure: Vox ate one of Sweetgreen’s “Detox” salads. The verdict is that it was delicious. It is still unclear if it cleansed the body of the previous day’s wine night.

Photo: Mike Licht via flickr

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