You might have noticed a new green juice trend blowing up your TikTok feeds recently. If you've wondered what it is? It's liquid chlorophyll. And if you're wondering if you should drink it? Well, you can make up your own mind on that one.
There's been over 200 million views relating to liquid chlorophyll on TikTok, with more and more users jumping in on the chlorophyll drinking trend.
Users claim drinking chlorophyll can help improve skin texture, curb food cravings and even clear up acne.
But what actually is chlorophyll and should you be adding the green stuff to your morning smoothie? We asked Nutritionist Jenna Hope to give us the low down on all things liquid chlorophyll.
Keep scrolling for your back-to-school chlorophyll 101…
What is chlorophyll?
'Chlorophyll is the component found in plants which provides the green colour', explains Hope. 'It’s a fundamental compound for generating food in plants.'
The term 'chlorophyll' sparking some synapses in your brain? You might be remembering back to the days of GCSE biology. Chlorophyll plays an important role in photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants convert sunlight energy to chemical energy. As humans, we convert energy from food— so do not naturally perform photosynthesis.
What are the benefits of drinking liquid chlorophyll?
The suggested benefits of drinking chlorophyll are not actually new in the wellness world. Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop wrote about the benefits of drinking chlorophyll back in 2017, while Kourtney Kardashian's wellness website Poosh also credited chlorophyll as one of Kardashian's favourite supplements in 2019.
'Chlorophyll has been used recently as a trend on TikTok for its alleged benefits such as detoxing, managing appetite, body odour, skin health and more,' says Hope.
'Unfortunately, there is limited scientific evidence to support the benefits of drinking chlorophyll. The body has the liver and kidneys whose primary roles are to remove waste products from the body.
Drinking chlorophyll will not generate a detox affect.'
Is drinking chlorophyll dangerous?
'While drinking chlorophyll in small amounts is unlikely to cause harm, it’s certainly unnecessary to support long-term health,' reveals Hope.
Instead, she recommends to focus on consuming whole foods from a variety of plants such as fruits, vegetables, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds to support long-term health.
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