Saturday, 7 August 2010

A (diet) patch on the rest?

Hollywood's latest diet craze has been reported in The Daily Express. Forget baby food, low carb or even maple syrup, the Slimweight patch is apparently the dieter's equivalent of the nicotine patch. THe patches are the latest celebrity must-have - with the likes of Paris Hilton sporting one on her bottom at a recent LA party.
How they were spotted is a totally different blog, of course.

The list of ingredients in these herbal patches reads like the nutritional information of recent fad diets:
  • Bladder Wrack
  • L-Carnitine
  • Guarana
  • Zinc Citrate
  • Lecithin
  • Flaxsee oil
  • Yerba Mate
  • DHEA
  • Zinc Pyruvate
  • 5 HTP
Interestingly, the diet patch phenomenon is by no means new. I've found evidence of diet patches being sold back in 2004... of course, I've also found evidence that they're no more than often empty promises - medically unfounded. lists a number of legal actions taken against other diet patch products in recent years.

The Federal Trade Comission takes the claims made by fad diets seriously. Awareness is key, so if you're looking for further advice visit Who Cares. to see whether there are any health concerns about a diet you're considering.

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