Cut Out Hydroxycut

nutritionunplugged1If you fell victim to Hydroxycut’s fat-burning promise, please run, don’t walk, to the nearest trash can and throw these diet supplements away.  Or better yet, take them back to the store where you bought them for a refund — these popular weight loss products have been recalled.

FDA has issued a warning that Hydroxycut can cause liver failure, jaundice, seizures and cardiovascular problems.  One 19-year-old male died after using Hydroxycut and 23 reports of serious health problems are linked to the products.

The manufacturer has agreed to recall 14 different Hydroxycut supplements, which are widely distributed in supermarkets, health food stores and pharmacies.  According to the FDA, 9 million units of Hydroxycut products were sold last year. The manufacturer, Iovate Health Sciences, Inc., describes Hydroxycut as America’s # 1 selling weight loss product.  The pills, drinks and powders are marketed as fat burners, appetite suppressants and energy enhancers, with ads that use stunning before and after photos, professional “endorsers,” and claims of “clinically proven.”hydroxycut-tabs1    

The exact ingredients to blame have not yet been identified, but an investigation is underway.  Additional details are available in this alert from the FDA and this New York Times article.

It’s really scary to me to see these types of products and the misleading claims.  Remember, a  dietary supplement  does not need to register a product or get approval from FDA before it’s sold.  Weight loss supplements are particularly troubling — since December, the FDA has issued a list of 70 brands that contained hidden and potential hazardous drugs including antiseizure medication.

It’s no longer about spending money on “promises” that don’t work, now our health is at stake.  These products are not simply ineffective, they can be dangerous.  The enthusiastic endorsers may be persuasive, but don’t fall for these tactics.  There are no magic bullets.  Be wary of any product that claims to burn fat, cleanse or detox.

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