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Snake Oil Smoothie

Monday, June 10, 2013

I was thinking of going to Jamba Juice today, and see they have a "Lean Advantage Boost™." I tell you right now, I distrust any food that has a trademark symbol on it, especially a food with a name like "Lean Advantage Boost™."

So, I decided to take a look at the fine print. Here's what it said...

"Lean Advantage™ Boost is made with conjugated linoleic acid, or "CLA", which is derived from safflower oil. CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid that is commonly found in foods such as milk. CLA intake of between 1.7 grams to 3.6 grams per day for eight to 12 weeks can lead to improved weight management when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program. Results will not be achieved with sporadic consumption. Each serving of Lean Advantage™ Boost supplies two grams of CLA."

Oh, Sparkers! You should be able to spot the snake oil sales from about a mile away! Twelve weeks of non-sporadic consumption, combined with a healthy diet and exercise?!

I guarantee after twelve weeks of healthy diet and exercise, without the trademarked cow juice, anyone could lose weight!

Shame on Jamba Juice and their snake oil salesmanship!

I'll stick to making my own smoothies.


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    "I guarantee after twelve weeks of healthy diet and exercise, without the trademarked cow juice, anyone could lose weight!"

    1746 days ago
    Even though I don't have a Jamba Juice near me, the message is relevant. Thanks for doing the research and reporting on it. We all need a reminder that just because they say so don't make it so!
    1747 days ago
  • EG8383
    good idea...I need a better blender for smoothies!
    1747 days ago
    The really sad / pitiful / funny thing is that there are sooo many people who will skip the reality part of the message and just believe the fantasy that buying something every day will make them slim and healthy.

    Things like that always make me wonder what impact it would have on sales if there were more truth in the advertising: "This thing will nail you with a pile of calories and sugars, but we've added a bunch of chemicals to make it taste really good and get you addicted to it, so enjoy!" From what I've seen and heard, this would actually increase their sales... emoticon
    1747 days ago
    Good catch! We really do have to read the labels on all products!
    1747 days ago
    Nice catch!!!
    1748 days ago
    Yup - good idea. It's more fun that way too - you get to make it with whatever appeals to you that day!
    1748 days ago
    Yep, good for you! I would too... emoticon
    1748 days ago
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