|The dirt on MLM health drinks|
|BY: Stephen Richardson|
Dated: 2009-02-22 14:44:02
There are many health drinks promoted in multi-level-marketing (a.k.a. pyramid) businesses. A few examples include Monavie (Acai), Noni (Goji), and Xango (Mangosteen). Each company promotes it product as a super food and a cure all. These claims are not supported by the FDA or equivalent federal agencies around the world. You may also be surprised to find out just what goes into the over priced drinks!
I am sure that most of you have at some point had someone introduce you to a health drink. A few examples are Monavie (Acai), Noni (Goji), and Xango (Mangosteen). These juices promise great health results and cures for almost anything that ails you. Yet, there is very little scientific evidence and nothing published by the FDA or equivalents in other countries. Actually, you will find a statement like this buried on all of the websites for these products:
“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
Each juice so promoted based on its “power” ingredient. Those include Acia, Goji, and Mangosteen. Additionally, a very large price is charged for each bottle of juice because the “power” ingredient is expensive. What is neglected in the sales pitch is the amount of these fruits used in each product. Each product is a blend of more than a dozen fruits and berries. While each may provide health benefits does it warrant playing the extreme price for these products? In reality you can obtain each juice, fruit, or berry in your local supermarket for much less. Do you really need these food packed into an expensive juice so that you only need to drink 1-2 table spoons of it each day?
Here are some quotes from the websites of these products.
Monavie – “blend of 19 fruits including Acia.” And “including cupuaçu, camu camu, aronia, acerola, blueberry, bilberry, and pomegranate.”
Noni – “The TAHITIAN NONI® Juice formula is exclusive and unique to Tahitian Noni International. It is impossible to duplicate. The proprietary flavory system of TAHITIAN NONI® Juice contains 100% pure natural grape and wildberry juices. No preservatives, added sugars, or other ingredients are added whatsoever.”
XanGo Juice – “is the original mangosteen dietary supplement that captures the refreshing, sweet, tangy flavour and natural colour of the mangosteen fruit. XanGo Juice’s proprietary, puree formula uses the whole mangosteen fruit, from its dark, reddish purple nutrient-dense rind to the white fleshy pulp – through which all of the mangosteen health benefits are delivered as nature intended.”
Xango is the most deceptive as they do not disclose that there are other ingredients. They just state that there is a proprietary (secret) formula. Well, if it was pure Mangosteen it would not be a secret formula would it?
The Bottom Line
These drinks are over prices and over hyped to line the pockets of the few marketers that get in at the top of the multi level marketing system. While the drinks contain powerful ingredients be aware that you can get these same products from your super market and it will cost you less. You can add them to your diet as juice or simply eat the fruit or berries. It may come as a surprise to, most, or all of you, that you can but 100% pure Acia, Goji, and Mangosteen juice at your local supermarket. If they don’t have it and you want to try it then ask them to order it. I can tell you that these pure juice products are very expensive ($40-$60 per Litre) but you pay for what you get. The ones from the supermarket are the real deal, 100% pure! Why pay $30-$40 per litre for other products that are blends of other foods and may contain very little of the “power” ingredient that they promote?
Ignore the hype, do your own research!