While talking to a nutrition client recently- she specifically asked me to do some research on the loaded teas popping up everywhere and write a blog post on it. So here we are. I have seen these places opening all over the coast and hearing about them opening all over the country. Good for Herbalife finding a new way to get thier products out there, but what does this mean for the everyday consumer?
First off, I am not going to pretend to be a Registered Dietician or a medical professional of any level.
First off, I am not going to pretend to be a Registered Dietician or a medical professional of any level. I do however like to consider myself to be an informed consumer which means that I am willing to look up the details on products before consuming them or purchasing. After reviewing the products that were rated by a third party tester, I was satisfied with the rating for Formula 1 even though it received a low rating in product safety for high contents of fructose. https://labdoor.com/review/herbalife-formula-1/report
The other products didn’t fare as well- you can check those out here:
The most concerning statement was here: A single serving exceeds the Upper Limit (UL) of vitamin B-3. B-3 toxicity may cause flushing of the skin, increased heart rate, and nausea.
On to the purpose of this article- the loaded teas. When looking for ingredients for these loaded teas it is not easy to find, but I finally found a site that posted ingredients and nutrition facts. After checking out the products they use, some of the ingredients that pose concern for me are: Maltodextrin, Fructose, Sucralose, Acesulfame K, and Sodium Benzoate.
The reason these are of concern to me is that the research is conflicted or inadequate to determine benefits or dangers. Most of these are deemed safe in small doses, but the problem is that we don’t know how much we are getting and how many other products we consume also contain these ingredients. For instance, when Fructose is paired with glucose it makes sucrose which is a known cause of obesity.
These are huge right now, but are they best for our health?
I could go in a rabbit hole trying to decide whether or not these teas should be consumed, but that is not the route I want to take. So I will say this- there are so many products out there that it can be confusing to know what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ so I stick my rule of thumb. I NEVER replace food with supplements or drinks unless I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. I stick to eating a balanced diet with as many whole unprocessed foods as possible, but I allow myself to enjoy things that I like in moderation.
Don’t replace food with any supplement or these loaded teas.
So that is my stance on these as well–Don’t replace food with any supplement or these loaded teas. If you like these teas and would rather have one than Starbucks- then go for it. Just know that it probably isn’t actually burning any fat or providing you the nourishment that you can get from healthy foods and regular exercise.
If you are asking me whether or not I would ever purchase one of these teas the answer would be no- I am not a fan of any product that could increase anxiety and the thermogenic and various other ingredients they use do just that. I am also not a fan of people thinking they can drink tea or any other product and burn fat.
There is no magic pill, no magic drink, and no magic device that is going to transform your habits, health, or body.
Fat burners do work- if you are WORKING OUT!! There is no magic pill, no magic drink, and no magic device that is going to transform your habits, health, or body. So quit looking for the quick fix and start making some small sustainable changes that actually work- like eating fruits and veggies or exercise.
You didn’t form bad habits or gain weight overnight and it won’t be gone that fast either. Think about your choices- think about what success looks like to you -not society- and start working towards it!
Written by: Melinda North
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