The Gist: Maria Konnikova on detox diets, and Jonah Blank on Sri Lanka.

What Are Toxins Exactly? Maria Konnikova Discusses Popular Detox Diets on The Gist.

What Are Toxins Exactly? Maria Konnikova Discusses Popular Detox Diets on The Gist.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 2 2015 8:37 PM

The Detox Detox

As of last year, there were no controlled and randomized trials of any commercially available detox diets. Are they bulls--t?

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Today on The Gist, political analyst Jonah Blank from the RAND Corporation explains the geopolitical impact of election results in Sri Lanka. Plus, are any of those detox diets worth your while? Mike asks Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker to explain the cleanse she does every day. For the Spiel, beast mode explained.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.