FUZE – A Drink that Slenderizes? [Nutrition Impostor]

Fuze is a line of beverages that got its start in 2001 in Northern California but has expanded nationally in the past 10 years, especially after it was acquired by Coca Cola in 2007.

The idea is to provide a cool, new age beverage, that is portrayed as healthy because it is jacked up with vitamins.

Let’s see if the name lives up to its reputation.

What you need to know:

The drink has only 15 calories for a rather large serving – 14.5 ounces. But that’s because it is artificially sweetened. It has 200% of the daily value for vitamin C, and a few other vitamin and mineral values are very high. But that doesn’t mean that this product will help you lose weight. More on that in a bit.

Here is the ingredient list:

Water, Apple Juice Concentrate, Less than 0.5% of: Malic Acid, Natural Flavors, Garcinia Cambogia Rind Extract,  Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Purple Sweet Potato Concentrate (Color), L-Carnitine, Dl- Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Black Carrot Concentrate (Color), Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Chromium Picolinate.

As you can see, there is almost nothing real about this drink. Barely any fruit (5%). All the vitamins are added on. And artificial sweeteners that are plain bad for you.

The one good thing we can say about this drink is that unlike many of its counterparts, at least it is not artificially colored. The color comes from purple sweet potatoes and black carrots.

So why won’t you slim down with this drink? Because instead of drinking water, or unsweetened tea, your taste buds become accustomed to overly sweet things. As a result, you’ll crave sweet foods more, and have a harder time with naturally sweet fruit. For more information see Artificially Sweetened Beverages: Cause for Concern by Harvard Professor David S. Ludwig, MD.

What to do at the supermarket:

We’ve said it a million times, and we’ll keep repeating it. Tap water is your best hydration solution. It’s free, it won’t get you craving sweets, and with money saved you can buy real fruits.

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  • Gmansub

    Depending, of course on the quality of your tap water!

    • Abarnes13

      I’m from Oakland, California, Tap water is good…but now I’m living in Houston, tap water is not to be drank…Dasani taste almost like the water from home.

  • David Pool

    This is a case (another one) where you have to balance the varying points of view from the “experts”…because the Slenderize version of Fuze was actually rated quite well by Eat This, Not That (a series of books that helped me lose 80 lbs last year) because of the L-carnitine which helps break down body fats. Plus, I’m just not as wound up about artificial sweeters as some are…and certainly not about sucralose. Nor do I find the sweetness making me crave other (overly) sweet foods and beverages. I don’t drink Fuze Slenderize a lot…but I don’t consider it to be that bad either.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      @9079f2631ec170f9db89b0eb1bea8b1b:disqus – you may want to look at the health hazards of Acesulfame K. Agreed that if you’re not drinking too much you should not be worried.

    • Keaton

      Sucralose is the only artificial sweetener that you SHOULD worry about you dolt. It’s nickname “Splenda” might ring a bell to you but you really should research this stuff before deeming it “not a big deal”

  • Jim Cooper

    There is no evidence that these artificial sweeteners are bad for you! You keep beating this drum, but without evidence to support it.

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  • Carol

    Are they actually claiming this probuct will help or make you lose weight? That’s called misbranding and is illegal unless it is qualified/approved as a drug.

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  • J Meyerson

    I will never buy another bottle of Fuze as long as Fuze has Tiger Woods in their employ!!!!


  • Non believer

    I was at 300 lbs a size 24-26 pants. And many of my family were drinking Fuze slenderize and loosing weight. Of course I tried a lot of diet supplements and gimmicks through the years to loose weight and never lost anything. I tried Fuze slenderize just like my mom and two Aunts and a few of their friends. I didn’t workout I could barely move at 300 lbs and 5 feet tall. I would drink one before lunch and one before dinner then water as usual. I was never a big soda drinker or sweet drink person. I went down to 157 lbs in 11 months to a size 7-9 pants. I never did any workouts beside walking once I got down to 180 lbs and could walk again without pain and didn’t diet. But it curb my eating habits. It did take time to get used to because it was sweet but it worked. We did it in 2009. Even other cousins would try it with the same results. The biggest my cousin at 360 lbs down to 150-155 lbs. The weight stayed off. I would tell customers at my work just two a day and when and they would come in thanking me saying it worked. But there were only two who came in and said it didn’t work for them. So like everything else it may not work for everyone but after 15 yrs of trying and loosing a lot of money something worked for me and a lot of my family and customers that I told where I worked at a convenience store and they saw me loosing weight and would ask.