Acai Berry: The $100 Million Dollar Weight Loss Scam
Attorney general of Connecticut, Richard Blumethal, announced an investigation into the business practices and questionable science associated with Acai berry products. which has been primarily pitched by Internet-based companies as a wonder treatment for weight-loss.
If you spend any time online, you have surely seen ads with the headlines, “Oprah’s Diet Secret”, “Seven Rules to a Flat Stomach, or (the worst) “Amy’s weight loss blog”, “Karen’s weight loss blog”, etc… on almost every page online.
If you actually clicked on one of these ads, you probably ended up on what looked like a blog with a before and after picture of some woman who has lost weight. She then tells a story about how she saw Dr. Mehmet OZ and Oprah say that Acai is a miracle diet food. It might also mention Rachael Ray.
The woman then says she tried it herself and the pounds just came flying off. It is kind of believable as it looks like a real person and there are even comments on her blog. There then is a link to one of the many companies selling Acai Berry on a free trial basis.
So what is the Problem with posting blogs about what is supposed to be such a great product?
Well, the first problem here (one among many) is that these blogs are all fake!
The woman depicted on Tara’s Diet Blog, Olivia’s Weight Loss blog, Alicia’s Diet Blog, Becky’s Weight Loss blog, and at least 75 other blogs is a German model named Julia who has nothing to do with Acai or any weight-loss product. The German photographer who made the original photos of her available on Istockphoto.com said the pill companies manipulated some of the “after” images to give the impression of weight loss.
Now, the people running the blogs are definitely a part of the problem, but they are not the cause. These are just opportunist people who see an easy way to make a buck by promoting what is considered by many to be the biggest diet pill hoax of the 21st century.
Although they are not “associated” with the folks who market the pills, they are affiliates who get paid an ungodly amount of money every time they send these people a free trial through one of these blogs.
Here is the next problem. Acai Berry Will Not Help You Lose Weight
In truth, Açai has less antioxidants than concord grapes, blueberries, and black cherries. But more importantly, there isn’t even any credible evidence that suggests antioxidants promote weight loss.
The attorney general from Connecticut says it more strongly,
“There is no competent scientific research that demonstrates any of the claimed effects of Acai berry, including weight loss, detoxification and increased energy and vitality.”
And so we dig a bit deeper to the third problem. Oprah Did NOT Endorse Acai Berry
And the truth about the Oprah show with Dr. Oz is that they never mentioned Acai as a weight loss aide, but rather just that many fruits that were healthy (like tomatoes). In fact, on Oprah’s website they have a statement out that says,
“Consumers should be aware that Oprah Winfrey is not associated with nor does she endorse any Açaí Berry product or online solicitation of such products.”
And so just to be clear, there is no Acai Berry supplement endorsed by Oprah, Dr. Perricone, Rachel Ray or Dr. Oz.
So why am I posting this information?
Simply put, some people want to improve their lives and change their habits so badly, that they will often fall ptey to scams such as this in hopes of doing so. And again here is yet another example that there is no Miracle Magic Pill that can change your life
The only thing that products like these will help you lose is your hard earned money.
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