Today, we’re going to talk about some of the health food products out there that are. . . .to be blunt, rather silly.
If you’re interested in health at all, chances are you get pulled into reading about these products on Pinterest, Instagram or other social media. People are raving about this tea that makes you skinny (not what you should want from fitness btw) and most of the pictures you see is the product being held in some cute way by stick thin girls whose nutrition is questionable at best.
There are also countless protein products, supplements, powdered green drinks and heck, even sport drinks and floating around trying to catch our attention. Pictures of guys with hulk-like muscles (aka, fitness models) who probably never leave the gym are all it takes to get us hyped beyond reason over a product.
Kudos to the companies who sell stuff like this, their product is branded well. They are really good at convincing us that we don’t only need this stuff, but it will change our fitness life forever. In using this product, we will certainly become like the chiseled god and goddess sculptures of the Parthenon come to life . . .except tanner, skinnier, and more muscular.
Ok, so maybe you don’t think all this when you look at a nutrition product, but companies sending subliminal messages through their advertising is something to be very wary of. The hidden/not-so-hidden messages in the advertising? “ You’re not good enough now, but this thing will make you sexier and it's a miracle fix to your problem.”
Granted, these products aren’t a complete sham and sometimes they work. But it’s good practice to weigh the pro’s and con’s of them. So let’s see through the hype and debunk a few of these products shall we?
Detox teas : You might have seen this product advertised on Pinterest and Insta. There are many trendy Detox tea companies that are hot right now. Tea Me company selling a detox tea product targeted at women and marketed based on their desire to be super thin. While it’s not exactly a sham (you will get temporarily skinnier if you drink detox tea that makes you poop and pee a lot every day) It’s not a cure for tummy flab. You know what is? Working out and eating right. Naming the product things like “TEA ME TINY”, pretty much gives away the fact that they’re marketing is based around an unhealthy image mentality. Oh yea, and they’re teas and accessories sell for about 30 to 100 dollars a pop. My verdict? Unless you’re a huge tea fan already, I’d say stick to water.
Bottled vegetable and fruit juice : In short, most fruit/vegetable juices (Naked, V8, Nature’s Peak, ect.) you find at any grocery store are filled with sugar and have lost the nutrients contained in their ingredients because of the processing it takes to give them a longer shelf life. You’re better off buying produce. Even cold-pressed juice loses nutrient within a few days.
For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the really expensive stuff you find in coffee shops. They have a shorter shelf life, because the special process it takes to make them preserves the vitamins and enzymes for a few days. But so far, there has been no research or proof that cold-pressed juice delivers special health benefits that some claim they have. They also don’t have the fiber content of raw fruits and vegetables. Bottom line? Normally bottled juices are kind of a sham, and Cold-pressed juice can be a healthy option if it’s fresh. Just don’t break your grocery budget at the trendy juice store, and please don’t go on a juice fast.
Granola/Power bars : When it comes to these little buggers, please please please just read the nutrition labels. Some power bars like Luna, Zoneperfect, and Balance Bars are chock full of sugar. They’re essentially candy bars. They promise power, but deliver only a tummy pooch. If you’re looking for a well- balanced power bar, try Health Warrior or Oatmega.
So, while these trendy health products might taste good, look good, and make you look cool to people who don’t know a lot about health, most of the time, they’re not worth the money.
I’m not saying there is no nutritional value in them ever, but nothing you couldn’t get from good old fashioned healthy food.
Always be on the lookout for products that make crazy health claims, there are many many more out there!