Souping: Does The Latest Cleanse Fad Offer Anything Worthwhile For Your Bones And Overall Health? - Save Our Bones

A new diet fad has cropped up, and with it have come proselytizers, doubters and doomsayers. At the Save Institute we always endeavor to stay ahead of the trends to help you navigate the swirl of questions that surround new health practices.

Today’s topic is whether a recent and popular cleanse, souping, is good for your bones and your health. Also, is it better than juicing? Does souping offer real lasting benefits, or is it just another quick-fix, short-lived trend? And the question most important for Savers: does it improve bone health?

Today we’re going to examine souping, answer these questions, and more.

What Is Souping?

Souping is a new diet trend that is analogous to juicing, which is the shorthand verb used to describe a juice cleanse. If you follow a juice cleanse, you restrict yourself to the exclusive consumption of juices for a set duration of time; a soup cleanse simply replaces juice with soup.

Souping could entail spending only 24 hours eating only soup, or for a few days, for the purpose of cleansing. Some souping regimens demand that you only replace certain meals with soup, or some complex alternating pattern of these types of meals.

There are usually rules about what ingredients you can and cannot use in the soups, and the rules vary depending on which soup cleanse instructions you follow. Typically, they are aimed at avoiding dairy-based creamy soups, and soups with grains and pasta, to limit the amount of saturated fats and ultimately the number of calories.

Some souping instructions limit caloric consumption to as few as 1200 calories a day. While caloric restriction is an integral part of a weight loss program, it can hurt more than help those who are not overweight, since it is important to get nourishment that provides energy to support all biological functions.

Souping Vs. Juicing

Juicing involves consuming only freshly juiced fruits and vegetables for a certain amount of time.

The drawbacks of juicing include the need to buy an often times expensive juicer. Another drawback is the inefficiency of juicing: it takes a surprising amount of produce to make a single glass. Not only is it time consuming, but it gets expensive fast.

Another issue with juicing is that the process strips fruits and vegetables of valuable components, such as fiber. Fiber is crucial to your digestive system, and also helps you to feel fuller for longer. Juicing certain fruits can also significantly up your sugar consumption, which can harm your bones and your overall health.

Of course the benefits of juicing certain fruits and vegetables are plentiful as it's an effective way for your body to absorb the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that you may otherwise not get by eating fruits and vegetables.

Some claim that these nutrients are more readily absorbed by the body in juice form compared to when they're part of the whole fruit and vegetable, however there isn't much research to support this claim.

As far as souping goes, is can be more affordable, especially if you cook it from scratch. Plus you probably already have all the kitchen implements to make it. It’s easier to make a lot of soup than it is to make a lot of juice, and you can store batches of soup in the freezer.

Compared to eating solid foods, souping may be less taxing on your digestive system while still providing much needed fiber, which may aid in detoxing and cleansing your body.

Additionally, because soups tend to contain fewer sweet foods, they are naturally lower in sugar content.

Is Souping Healthy?

Just because soup, when included as part of a meal in an otherwise normal and healthy diet, can be highly nutritious and beneficial, doesn’t mean that eating nothing but soup is a good idea.

Most of the benefits that souping professes are in no way specific to soup. You can reap all the benefits of vegetables, legumes, and other soup ingredients in different ways. Many of the benefits touted by proponents of souping are actually just the benefits of eating fresh produce, regardless of their form.

If you have difficulty chewing, swallowing or digesting, then soup might be a great way to get the nutrition that would otherwise be more difficult to consume, and you can always include soup in your bone-healthy meals.

What Are The Lasting Benefits Of Souping?

The liquid base of soups provides a lot water, and drinking additional water is helpful and recommended during a cleanse, since it aids in the removal of toxins.

However, there are no evidence-backed long term benefits of souping, but for someone who typically eats lots of junk food on a daily basis, it’s a step in the right direction.

Is It Possible To Cleanse And Accelerate Bone-Building?

While souping doesn’t harm your bones and could be an effective way to get started on a weight loss program, it is not a cleanse that’s specifically designed to improve bone health. I highly recommend including soups as part of your bone health meal plans, however if you'd like a cleanse more tailored towards bone health I suggest trying the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse: The Seven Day Bone Building Accelerator (if you haven't already).

The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse is not a restrictive cleanse. It’s a planned week of taking the best possible care of your body and your bones. It jump-starts the process of building newer, stronger bone, while helping your body rid itself of the toxins that stand in its way, including osteoporosis drugs.

While the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse does exclude certain foods, such as animal protein, due to its highly acidifying nature, when you follow this targeted cleanse for seven days you will still get all of the protein your body needs from plant based sources, through the combination of common and delicious ingredients, such as legumes and whole grains.

The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse: The Seven Day Bone Building Accelerator, considers your bone health and your whole health, plus it specifically addresses the complex ways in which your body gets rid of bone-damaging toxins with six simple steps:

  • Cleansing with Water
  • Cleansing with Fruits and Vegetables
  • Cleansing with One Raw Meal a Day
  • Cleansing with Proper Breathing
  • Cleansing by Avoiding
  • Cleansing with Supplements

The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse includes many healthful foods specifically selected for their detoxifying qualities and to help you balance you serum pH to accelerate bone-building. And to make it even easier for you, you’ll get over 40 recipes, including delicious soups.

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  1. Anne

    One of the problems with relying on soups and juices for protein is that raw food, crunchy food, helps build and develop the jaw and facial muscles and *bones*.

    • Anne

      I meant to say nutrition rather than protein!

  2. Maria

    Thank you for this article, and would like to add that one way in which juicing is beneficial is that it allows one to consume natural nutrients in a quantity that one would not be able to eat. When done with greens and other bone-healthy items (lemon, for example), it certainly has an alkalizing effect.

    I’ve been following your program for a few years and I’m interested in OsteoCleanse, but have a few questions. Does the book come in a print version? Also, I see that supplements are part of the program. Are these products taken just during the cleanse, or do you continue on them? Are they commonly-available? plant-based? expensive?

    Thank you!

  3. Mattie Gootee

    Hi, I love all the bone healthy advice, recipes and articles. I have a disbiosis in my gut (SIBO). In regards to juicing, as opposed to blending with a vitamix, it is interesting that while fiber probably helps digestion for many, fiber slows digestion which increases my symptoms due to undigested food remaining in my gut (fermenting) for the out of control bacteria to feast on. Creating gas, bloating, pain etc. Also, taking a probiotic (which is normally suggested) actually increases all symptoms because I have too much lactobacillus and other bacteria supplied in the probiotic, in my small intestine. This is something I am still looking into and learning about. It’s interesting to note.

  4. Joy

    I am surprised that you say juicing robs the body of fiber. That is an outmoded way to juice. I believe the current juicing fad uses a Blendex or Vitamix, whereby the whole fruit or vegetable gets blended. That’s what I have been doing for the past 6-7 years, though not as a replacement for meals.

    I do agree that juicing can be too sugar-y. To avoid this pitfall, I put the following in my shake: soaked overnight pumpkin or sunflower seeds, whey, hemp powder, ground up flax seeds, and chia seeds. So I am not looking to cleanse, but to get a meal packed with nutrients (I am underweight). But cleansing with just juicing (minus the protein)? Yes, could be hard on the system….

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for chiming in, Joy!

  5. Ivy

    Bone broth is not a fad in Asian countries. The logic is that pork neck bones provide the most calcium for people who don’t get enough calcium from their diets (pre-calcium supplements days). Put the neck bones in water and simmer for 2-3 hours covered. Add vegetables of your choice. I add tofu and winter melon (not sold in American supermarkets. My family has made this broth for generations.

  6. Suzi

    A few soup recipes would’ve been a really nice addition to this article.

  7. Cary

    What about bone broth? From what you know about the fad, is it smart or foolish? healthy or unhealthy?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA


      There are many aspects to consider when analyzing the quite controversial bone broth diet, since it often involves fasting along with drinking bone broth and eating a ketogenic diet for 21 days. This low carb diet breaks down fats into ketones instead of using glucose as the primary energy source. Ketones (also called ketone bodies) are relatively strong acids, so when present in larger quantities, they acidify the plasma pH, which in turn, leads to bone loss.

      So the short answer to your question is that the bone broth diet is not recommended if you’re looking build and strengthen your bones.

  8. Allison

    “Osteocleanse”? A “powerful” tool for detoxifying the body of osteoporosis drugs in “just seven days”? This strikes me as outright quackery.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA


      Osteoporosis drugs pose a burden on the kidneys and liver. When their functions are optimized, the body can get rid of those drugs more efficiently. In fact, some osteoporosis drugs can cause kidney insufficiency and even renal failure. The links below give more information on this topic :

      • Allison

        I don’t dispute that the osteo drugs can harm the kidneys. That is just one of the numerous reasons why I’ve refused to take them. It’s the claim of rapid detoxication through your product that I have a problem with.

  9. Cathy

    When you say souping are you referring to bone broth .. which is another recent fad!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Cathy,

      It’s not about bone broth, but rather about consuming different kinds of soups exclusively (or almost exclusively) for a set period of time.

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