The Master Cleanse involves temporarily replacing food with a concoction of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. It has been around for many years and is still a go-to detox for people looking to cleanse their bodies or lose weight.
Vogue’s Jeffrey Steingarten wrote about his experiences with the cleanse:
I set my sights on at least eight days of Master Cleanse. Anticipating an agonizing struggle with hunger and habit, and remembering advice I had read that one should begin one’s fast in bed, I assumed a recumbent posture and caught up on my reading: novels from Umberto Eco and Jo Nesbø, and some food magazines.
To relieve the tedium of the diet, Steingarten experimented (only semi-successfully) with making a Master Cleanse granita and joked that the idea could make him millions. And it probably could!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 3, 2012