Raspberry Ketones, Dr. Oz, and Common Sense
November 14, 2012 in Health
In an ABC News article from April 5th, 2012, Jane Allen writes about one of the latest fads in weight loss which was launched on the Dr. Oz Show. The famous Dr. Oz went as far as to recommend the product as “The No. 1 Miracle in a Bottle” naming fat burning benefits among other things. The key ingredient is Raspberry Ketones, which occur in many different fruits including raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
The brand Dr. Oz recommended is now a hard to find luxury, and the ‘key’ ingredient has now spawned a flood of dietary products each raking in the profits from what amounts to be nothing more than a perfume. On the popular WebMD web site they state that ” it is important to keep in mind that there is no reliable scientific evidence that it improves weight loss when taken by people.”
As for safety, About.com reports “little is known about the safety of consuming raspberry ketone supplements in the long term”. The FDA did approve it in 1965 for “small quantities used as a food additive”, but remember, the FDA also approved Aspartame which not only has withdrawal symptoms but has also has been linked to leukemia, lymphoma, autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery and more.
The fact of the matter is that no one ingredient will ever be a cure (or “Miracle in a Bottle”) for anything. Even vitamins don’t do much good if you only take two or three. Multivitamin supplements, which market on having everything your body needs won’t do much if you don’t eat right and take a walk once in a while.
America is a ‘take a pill and forget about it’ culture, and this one simple fact is the most dangerous thing we face as a country. Dr. Oz and his cronies make millions by leading the apathetic populace from one hope to another, convincing the zombie TV culture they are now fully informed on health and happiness.
The reality is, if we want to be healthy, loose weight, and feel better we do need supplements (this is what I use and recommend), but we also need common sense. Being a couch potato and watching Dr. Oz is not the answer. If you know something is bad for you don’t do it/eat it/use it. The best advice I can give to anybody about anything (including health) is this: don’t assume anything, don’t take anybody’s word for it, research it yourself!