We all know the internet is chock full of scam artists finding innovating ways to part your from your money. Free credit reports, performance enhancing drugs, and weight loss miracles are just a few examples. In the past few years, more and more people have fallen for açai berry scams. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has published a warning:
[Do] not to enroll online in supposedly free trials of diet products made with the trendy Brazilian berry açai (pronounced a-sigh-EE). There’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest that açai pills will help shed pounds, flatten tummies, cleanse colons, enhance sexual desire, or perform any of the other commonly advertised functions. And thousands of consumers have had trouble stopping recurrent charges on their credit cards when they cancel their free trials.
What you need to know:
There are no shortcuts to being healthy and losing weight. While its nice to daydream about nutrition miracles, they don’t exist. A balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats, fish and dairy products, together with plenty of exercise are a safer and better bet.
Supplements, detoxes, and other incredible pills, are not going to do the hard work for you, not even if a celebrity endorses them on Oprah.
What to do at the supermarket:
Stick to real foods, the ones found at the perimeter of the supermarket. Look for short ingredient lists.
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