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Is Gwyneth Paltrow's Goat Milk Cleanse Actually Dangerous?

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow's Goat Milk Cleanse Actually Dangerous?
Gwyneth Paltrow tried a goat milk cleanse. Is it safe? Photo Credit Mike Windle/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Around the Goop office, Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t just the boss, she also serves as the official guinea pig for all of Goop’s diets and cleanses. During a recent interview with Shape, Paltrow admitted to being the latest celebrity to try the goat milk cleanse for the sake of research. But while she liked its results, doctors warn it may have some consequences.

“That was really interesting,” she said about the eight-day cleanse. “It’s only goat’s milk and herbs. The theory is that we all have parasites, and they love the milk protein. So if you eat nothing else, they all come out of the intestinal wall and then you kill them with the herbs. I had to try it for Goop, but I felt so good after it.”

Since eight days seems to be a long time to only exist on goat milk and herbs alone, we reached out to three experts to find out what they think about this new trend that also counts model Miranda Kerr as a fan. They agree unanimously that this is not the healthiest thing to try.

“While there may be trace parasites living in our bodies, there is no real merit to doing this type of cleanse,” Miami-based registered dietician Jenny Carrazana told LIVESTRONG.COM. “This is not something that is backed by evidence-based research, and this is not an approach that would be recommended by a health care professional who practices sound science.”

Herbalife’s registered dietitian Susan Bowerman agrees and explains that our bodies handle clearing parasites all on their own. “The appeal seems to be the sense of wiping the slate clean — kind of like changing the oil in your car,” she said. “But your body is well equipped to handle pretty much whatever comes its way. Your liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and digestive system all do a good job in keeping what is useful and nourishing to the body, and, in fact, our bodies naturally detoxify every day.”

Rebecca Lewis, in-house dietician at HelloFresh.com, adds that not only is a goat milk cleanse ineffective, but it actually introduces more contaminants into the body — the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve here.

“The liver does an excellent job of detoxing our bodies, [but] it is on the clock nonstop, and over time it can get sluggish. Thus, detoxing should be an opportunity for the liver to slow down a bit and not have to work quite as hard. This can be accomplished by controlling the foods we put in our bodies to have as little contamination as possible.”

For anyone thinking of trying out this cleanse, Carrazana adds a warning: “Excessive amounts of calcium can inhibit iron absorption, which can lead to anemia. Another reason to stay away from this fad diet.”

If you still want to detox but don’t want to take Paltrow’s route and cash out your regular diet for a week's worth of goat milk, there are plenty of less unhealthy ways to detox naturally. Stay woke, guys. Stay woke.

—Rosy Cordero

Rosy Cordero is an entertainment and lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. She has nearly 10 years covering celebrities and has been published in Variety, Latina, Variety Latino, Vice, Teen Vogue and NBC. When Rosy is not busy working the red carpet, she’s hot on the trail of her next exclusive.

What Do YOU Think?

Would you ever try a goat milk cleanse? Do you regularly detox? What are you go-to detox methods? Let us know in the comments below.

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