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This makes me angry

Friday, January 30, 2009 Posted by Travis Saunders


The above video shows a short clip from the Rachel Ray show (If you received this post via email, please click the title to see the video). In it, Rachel's guest describes the magical Acai berry, which she claims is both the "supergenius smart food of all smart foods" AND "The healthiest drink you can get". Why is it such an amazing health food? It has a lot of antioxidants in it. That's it.

She goes on to claim that one small glass of Acai berry juice is the equivalent to 3 servings of fruits and vegetables. Is it because the juice has the equivalent nutrients and minerals as 3 servings of fruits and veggies? Nope. Is it because one glass has the equivalent fiber of three servings of fruits and veggies? Definitely not! It is because acai berry juice has more antioxidants than three servings of fruits and veggies. That's it!

Antioxidants are a good thing, but as I have argued before, these Superfoods distract people from the issues that actually are important - like moving to a diet that is higher in plant-based foods and increasing physical activity levels. It makes me sad when people buy into these types of products, and while I have enjoyed making several of Rachel Ray's 30-minute meals, I wish she would stop hosting products that are at best of little use, and at worst make it harder for people to live healthier lifestyles.

Travis

UPDATE: Acai Berry Scam Exposed: We Called It!

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8 Response to "This makes me angry"

  1. Darya Pino Said,

    Argh. Infuriating. $45 a bottle???? Ha ha ha, our blogs are free!!!

    Posted on January 30, 2009 at 1:02 PM

     
  2. Travis Saunders, MSc Said,

    I don't even buy wine that costs $45/bottle...

    Posted on January 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

     
  3. HolfordWatch Said,

    Ah - but there are people who advertise Cherry Concentrate as the equivalent of 23 portions of fruit and vegetable in just 30 ml (on the basis of its ORAC units)... I had considered that to be beyond stupidity but have just learned that the same company is now claiming that you can obtain the equivalent of 52 portions of fruit and veg. in a mere 10 ml of a different product. Must blog it and send it along to you.

    Posted on April 9, 2009 at 12:26 AM

     
  4. Travis Saunders, MSc Said,

    Thanks for the info, and please do send along the link once you post about it, I am excited to read it.

    Travis

    Posted on April 9, 2009 at 9:05 AM

     
  5. Paul Said,

    Rachel Ray should know better than to promote MLM products with little scientific integrity on her show. Especially when the evidence demonstrates you can receive all the antioxidant benefits of Mona Vie for a fraction of the cost by drinking plain old grape juice.

    On another note, fantastic site guys!(and fellow Canucks to boot!). I'm adding you to my BlogRoll!

    Posted on June 2, 2009 at 12:18 PM

     
  6. Travis Saunders, MSc Said,

    @ Paul,

    Thanks for the compliment, glad you're enjoying the site!

    Travis

    Posted on June 2, 2009 at 5:28 PM

     
  7. 11 Day Diet Fan Said,

    I can understand why it makes you furious, I'm sure she was probably paid in some way to have the guest on her show and talk about the acai berry.

    Unfortunately, the general public isn't smart enough to do their own research when it comes to things like this. So for those of us such as yourself and I, are left to try to spread the word about how while there are benefits to these products they are blown way out of proportion.

    Posted on June 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM

     
  8. Fat Burner Said,

    Yes indeed, there are lots of rubbish talked about regarding superfoods! 52 portions of fruit and veg in 10ml... 10ml, loveable!

    Posted on July 26, 2010 at 3:35 AM

     

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