I keep seeing posts all over social media about shakes, powders, pills and liquids that will improve your health and people are eating it up – quite literally. I am sick of it. It has been all that I can do to keep from lashing out at the claimants. The only thing that has kept me in check about blowing my top is that these posts are coming from people that I know. People whom I don’t want to upset or offend but I have to say SOMETHING because these claims of health are just 100% false. Do any of you even have a clue what you are trying to sell? Have you looked at the labels of these products before you brag about their effectiveness to your friends and family or are you simply in it for the cash?
We, as a nation have gotten lazy. We rely on the quickest routes, the shortest methods and the fastest responses – no matter what our situation or the consequenses. We even do this regarding our health. These “health” companies are springing up with THE fix for your excess stubborn pounds and promising you the world – FINALLY the fix all of fix alls.
They are all different companies. They all sell different products – although 2 of the 5 that I investigated had an eerily similar ingredient list for their #1 weight loss product . They all offer different solutions to the same damn problem. How then, can they all be THE solution? Sure, they might have worked to help your friend drop a few pounds. Do you happen to know what that friend was eating or doing before this miracle cure popped into their life?
Most of the “health” companies target over weight people. People who have more than just a couple of pounds to lose. To be THIS overweight, their target customer is most likely eating some form of the “Standard American Diet”. SAD diets consist of processed foods, refined sugars and TONS of chemicals in the forms of soda, sweeteners and oils not to mention LARGE amounts of excess calories. Handing these people a product that fills their belly and reduces their caloric intake will indeed give them results of dropping a few pounds. But…will they be healthy?
For the sake of research, I compared ingredient lists from the top weight loss products from the following companies: Ardyss, Herbalife, Amway/Nutrilite, Body by Vi and Shaklee.
Lets take a look at the top 3 on my list of “favorites” from some of these shakes, powders and pills.
There is NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING healthy about artificial sweeteners of any kind. Sucralose is more commonly marketed under the name of Splenda and is as evil as it’s counterpart in crime, Aspartame. Both are TOXIC to your system. Sucralose is a chlorocarbon and falls in the same chemical compound family as deadly pesticides like DDT, insecticides, biocides, disinfectants like Chlorox Bleach, and WWI poison gas like dichlorourea. It’s been cleverly marketed as zero-calorie because your digestive tract doesn’t know what the heck to do with it and so it just passes right on through and leaves via pee and poop.
Do you really consider it healthy to be consuming chemicals that your own body can’t even recognize? (please pass me a Diet Coke so that I can refocus on what is really wrong with me – dealing with my chemical induced migrane.)
Natural Ingredients & Flavors
You can just about bet money on the fact that when you see this on a food label (or the label of a product claiming to be healthy) that the product contains MSG. MSG has a lovely list of side effects under it’s belt. Are you experiencing migraine headaches, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or mood swings? Chances are that you are ingesting some of this lovely “ natural ingredient” in your food.
Let’s not forget that hydrochloric acid and arsenic are natural too. If you are indeed putting natural food parts into your product, don’t be so afraid to list them.
Carrageenan is a common food additive that is extracted from red seaweed. Sounds healthy already doesn’t it? This lovely “seaweed” based product when taken for even short periods of time (the study to determine this had used products containing carrageenan for a mere 18 days) has been linked to severe inflammation, Alzheimer disease, Heart Disease, Parkinsons disease and cancer. It gets even better. This “seaweed” based product also lead to profound glucose intolerance and impaired insulin reaction – both leading to diabetes rather quickly.
This post could continue for pages and pages regarding the ingredients in these “healthy” products. My argument will always remain the same:
Why are you putting something into your body if: 1. It has been readily linked to cancer or other diseases and 2. you have no fricken clue what exactly it is?
My apologies to any friends who are selling any of these so called health products. It’s just time to be real. While diet shakes and supplements may help you for the short term, they are doing long term damage to your health. If you want to change your health and not just your weight, eat whole foods. REAL foods. Make them the majority of your diet and I personally guarantee that you will lose weight, you will indeed be healthier, have more energy, think clearer, have better skin, hair and nails and have money left in your bank account. It won’t just be “fluff” for the sake of selling products.