Rhubarb diet

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Some rhubarb stalks.

The rhubarb diet is a fad diet, originating in the Huangdi Neijing, which is gaining popularity in Western Europe. It entails substituting boiled rhubarb and dairy products (normally milk) for two meals daily.[1] The laxative effect of rhubarb may aid weight loss.[2] Advocates claim that rhubarb increases the effect of iron from dairy products, causing the body to store less fat.[3] People who have tried the diet claim they have lost, on average, 4 kilograms (9 lb) per month.[4]


  1. ^ ITV program "This Morning" 18/01/08
  2. ^ "Best Juice for Weight Loss". Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  3. ^ "New Scientist Magazine" issue 2632, 01/12/07
  4. ^ UK "Weight Watchers Magazine" October 2007