I’m probably going to ruffle some feathers here, but why not start a conversation? I’m seeing more and more of my friends starting on a supplement routine for one reason or another. Someone, somewhere, probably promised them that they would be healthier, skinnier, have more energy…
I don’t necessarily think that it is my duty to start asking questions about these…but wait, I do. I took the liberty of looking up the ingredient lists of 4 popular meal replacement drinks/energy drinks from popular companies and I’d be shocked if anyone taking them could tell me the purpose of every ingredient in each of these. The list of ingredients is shocking. Why do you need all that stuff in there? You probably don’t even know why. One popular meal replacement drink’s 5th ingredient is artificial French vanilla flavor. Seriously? The 5th ingredient? That means there’s a bunch of artificial flavor hanging out in your “health” drink.
Many of them have sucralose, which goes by Splenda in the grocery store. The Center for Science in the Public Interest just downgraded their rating of sucralose from safe to caution, meaning there is now a study (that’s all it takes to get the conversation started again) to link sucralose with something bad. Now, there are a bunch of studies saying that it’s safe, but there are a bunch more that says it’s not. Either way, I’m not eating it and I’m not giving it to my kids. I’m just not an artificial sweetener advocate. Artificial is artificial, which means that it was made in a lab. Not my idea of a tasty treat.
I have been wondering for a while what makes people take these supplements. Is it because they really believe that a shake or a drink is going to help them lose weight, or they really will look like the person on the testimonial? One popular company has a girl who says that she used to eat fast food 2xday every day and then she switched to these shakes and voila, she lost a bunch of weight? I know that we must be smarter than that. If you’re eating fast food every day and then you stop…you think about it.
There is no magic pill, or shake, or drink, that is going to make you healthier. Why can’t we just rely on good, whole foods and exercise to do that for us? I understand the lure of quick weight loss, really, I do. The temptation is almost too great and then we give in. Should I even mention the dangers of drinking some of these herbs/additives for pregnant women?
Save your money and your liver from having to detox these un-researched ingredients and eat some real food.