4 Ways Juice Plus is Scamming Americans

Juice Plus Snake Oil

A friend recently told us she was thinking of starting a Juice Plus supplement regime for herself, and perhaps becoming a distributor. As she was about to drop $178 just for her own consumption, she asked us what we thought.

At first pass, the company seems legit. Its tagline - the next best thing to fruits and vegetables – is very convincing. Juice Plus capsules include a powder blend of 17 fruits and vegetables with added vitamins and minerals. Its website is rich with links to clinical research from respected academic establishments.

However, after slightly deeper research we can firmly recommend: Stay Away from Juice Plus!

Here is why:

1. The “clinical studies” supporting Juice Plus were all funded by…Juice Plus. If you don’t think that is a problem, read this.

2. Preying upon your guilt for not consuming enough fruits and vegetables, Juice Plus claims it can fill the gap for you. However, concentrated high doses of nutrients in pills may not always be bio-available. Which means you are most likely peeing away the nutrients you paid so dearly for. Generally speaking, it’s much more effective to consume vitamins and minerals in their original packaging (whole fruit, veggie salad) and not after they have been extracted and processed.

3. There are no shortcuts to getting healthy or avoiding disease. Do you really think Juice Plus can protect your DNA? Improve your Heart Health? The company actually makes these claims. If the multi-billion dollar supplement industry was so effective at preventing disease, why are more people than ever getting sick?

4. On an ethical level, multi-level marketing creates financial incentives to lie to your friends, relatives and peers in order to get them to buy something.

Juice plus makes a lot of money for its owners and maybe some of its top salespeople. The rest of us should spend our money on buying more real fruits and vegetables.

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  • mickdaly

    Disappointed in Fooducate I am! You pride yourself on getting your facts right – this article is an epic fail in that category. I would challenge you to do real research into Juice Plus+ because it’s evident that you spent an hour at most on this article.

    • Max_Freedom

      Are you Yoda?
      Why are you talking like that?

    • OutThereBad

      Seems like you sell it and are bothered by fooducate analyses. It sounds obviously accurate what they posted

      • http://www.dallasurbanfarms.com Maximillias

        Lmao. “It sounds obviously accurate”??
        Lmao.
        Read my reply.

    • http://www.dallasurbanfarms.com Maximillias

      This person is silly, Mick.
      I don’t know why I wasted so much time of my life writing all this crap out and actually reading what they wrote, but maybe I’ll just save my post for the next loon :P

  • Cate

    I agreed with everything until your last point. I am not in multi-level marketing but have various friends who are or have been (in various companies over the years). That is a really naive, overly generalised and mostly ridiculous statement. Most people who go in to multi level marketing are just looking at an honest way to make some money with products they already love. They are NOT encouraged to lie to ‘scam’ their friends and family. Really. I expected better from this site. You could say the exact same thing about every single salesperson if it came down to it. Shame on you.

  • H2O

    I think for a $178. You can buy real fruits & vegetables . Those companies are bogus they prey on the fat and sick. People are looking for the magic pill or drink that will Miraculously make them healthier, skinnier and more energetic I know I’ve been there. You have to make liflesyle and eating changes. I’m not into getting what God made for us out of a capsul or powder. I like to skip the processing has much has possible. Take that 178 join a gym buy a bike get real fruits & vegetables buy a real juice make real juice.

    • dontgiveadamn

      I agree

      • http://www.dallasurbanfarms.com Maximillias

        /dislike

    • Ann

      You think in people’s busy schedules, that they will get enough fruits & veggies DAILY? That they have the time to go to the store often enough to always have FRESH RIPE fruits and veggies? That don’t go bad when you buy in quantity? Please do this experiment yourself. It’s $2.50 a day for it. The price of coffee in some cities, def the less than a Starbucks.

    • http://www.dallasurbanfarms.com Maximillias

      Yes, they can buy fruits and veggies. They can’t buy everything that’s in JP for the <$80/month it costs, though. And they're real fruits and veggies.
      I could name at least three companies off the top of my head that prey on the fat and weak, but Juice Plus+ is not one of them.
      I could say more to prove my point, but you probably won't ever read this anyway.

  • Lea

    Sad. IMO – you are scamming Americans. Juice Plus is not new. It’s been around for 20 years. Plenty of researchers have done their own reviews to get to the “real truth” and most of them are now supporters of the capsules. How can you tell people to stay away from a natural product that has the potential to improve health? I knew it improved my circulation when I stopped having cold hands and feet. I was pleasantly surprised when my yearly physical results came back “excellent” instead of “normal”.It’s not magic, it’s food.

    • dontgiveadamn

      Don’t be naive. Natural means natural as in the package where it’s contained: fruits and vegetables.

      • Leah Brooks

        Juice Plus+ is real fruits and veggies, including the seeds and skin. Juiced and dried.

        • Max_Freedom

          Please detail the proprietary method of producing these pills, and what level in the pyramid you are.

  • Theodora

    Wow. Way to join the negative side. Maybe this article could of been about the importance of fruits and veggies and a little about products out there you think are not worthy? There are tons more out there besides this one who claim to be whole food and such. Also, I know a lot of network marketing people who are not scamming their friends. I think a lot of people are getting sick because they eat a lot of crap and sugar. I’m sorry if I think this is a weak post. Recently your posts have been less than helpful.

  • Aaron Voog

    Poorly writt n

    • http://www.dallasurbanfarms.com Maximillias

      Love it. Hear hear!
      Well written, too :)

  • Kathleen

    Wow! I’m glad you don’t call yourselves Educate. Obviously you have no idea and nothing to back up these false statements. If they were someone would need to be letting prestigious places like MD Anderson, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, U.N of Maryland, Sports Medicine Journal, Nemours Pediatric Center, etc, etc, that they have wrongly published THEIR research on Juice Plus+.

    • Max_Freedom

      Etc, etc, etc, are the top medical institutions in the world. Good citations.

      • Kathleen

        Etc. simply meant that I did not feel it was necessary to type out 25 or so of the research institutions. They are all posted for anyone to see on our website.

      • Stardust

        You really need to stop calling people fake! Maybe some people really are dietitians, we don’t know. But you can at least show some respect. Just because you’re on the internet doesn’t mean that you can go around and talk to people like they’re trash.

        • tennysmom

          I do agree with you stardust! This app is to help educate people yet some people get on here and talk to others like crap..come on…everyone is entitled to their own opinions and views on things in life..give it a rest negative people..

          • Stardust

            Thank you!

  • Dee

    I strongly disagree with your comments about Juice Plus. As a registered dietitian, I have encountered many patients who do not
    consume enough fruits and vegetables to prevent many diseases. If this product is able to provide 25 fruits and vegetables in a capsule, then your advice is completely wrong! Many physicians have given their testimony and many, many peer reviewed journals have been sited. I officially ‘unsubscribe’ from your blog.

    • Max_Freedom

      How big are these capsules?
      No one believes that you are a registered dietitian.

  • Clarinetcountry

    Poorly written and misinformed article. I expect better from this site.

    • Max_Freedom

      Fake commenter, fake Disqus profile.

  • Sarah

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  • Leah Brooks

    Goodness gracious! Juice Plus is NOT a supplement — it’s food. Dried fruits and veggies. You are seriously misinformed.

    • Max_Freedom

      An apple is food. These are pills.

      • Kathleen

        Apparently any dried food, such as a spice in a bottle is no longer a food? Bottle or capsule…you can put real food into either one.

  • BaliHai84

    Of course Juice Plus pays for its research. But the research is “double blind” gold standard and peer reviewed. Meaning the researchers themselves do not know which subjects are taking the Juice Plus vs. the placebo. And the findings are reviewed by medical experts in the field being researched. Also the research institutions that have done research on Juice Plus are highly recognized institutions — MD Anderson Hospital in Houston for example that research ovarian cancer survivors, and found that those that took Juice Plus along with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables had a higher survival rate. Or perhaps the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry that found that taking Juice Plus improves gum health. The writer of this article was biased from the beginning. The “research” was shoddy and misleading.

    • Leah Brooks

      I agree with you! Except one small and important point. Juice Plus+ does not pay for the research. They pay for the product. Researchers almost never pay for their products (whether it’s drugs or supplements)– they are almost always given to them.

  • Heather Desmarteau-Fast

    I disagree with the article. Do a little digging. You will find that it’s 100% legit.
    No one is claiming that you will get anything other than nutrition that we Americans are seriously lacking. Why don’t you take a jab at some company that is really sewing us over. Like Bayer or Monsanto. This is so petty.

    • Max_Freedom

      Fake commenter, throwaway Disqus profile.

  • Aimee

    This is completely
    bogus! You have done your so called friend an extreme disservice. You have not dug deeper at all. Your “facts” are all wrong. With friends like that, who needs enemies? DISLIKE & UNFRIEND!

    • Max_Freedom

      Throaway profile and fake comment.

  • terifrog

    $178 is for 120 days of the product, right? Thats a 4 month supply! You make it sound like its comparable to a weeks worth of vegetables. How much do you spend on produce in 4 months?

    • Max_Freedom

      Why did you use a throwaway account to post this?

      • terifrog

        I don’t know what a ‘throwaway account’ is… I am obviously not a ‘professional commenter’ like you. This article was brought to my attention and I did my best to add some insight with substance to an article that was written out of ignorance. No need to argue or get heated; I will continue to benefit from what I know and those who chose ignorance will reap those benefits :o )

        • Angie

          Nicely stated, terifrog. Max seems to just jump on anyone who provides legitimate information and his ignorance manifests itself in hostility. This is my 2nd exposure to this site because someone told me about the “buzz” of this latest info. I was interested in reading the responses. Pretty disappointed. Not sure I’ll put much weight in future “reports” if this one was written with little or no research.

  • Max_Freedom

    Excellent article.
    JuicePlus is nothing more than a pyramid scheme.
    You might as well just eat actual fruit and vegetables.
    They do a great job with Multi Level Marketing, and trolling the internet with BS claims.
    The angry, bizarre comments here are a good example of the cult-like followers.

  • Dan the man

    So $178 for a fruit/vegetable pill? With $178 you can buy alot of fruit and veggies. A pill is not going to fill you up. Veggies and fruit can. What a waste of $. I would bet that all the negative comments here are from the sellers involved in this pyramid scheme.

  • George Economides

    Good points Mick….Yes, it’s obvious the author sounded like someone that never attended class and pulled an all nighter ti barely pass the exam.

  • wholehealthgirl

    Juice plus may or may not be a good product. The heart of the matter is people should be eating real food, plain and simple. Yes, it may be from juiced and dried fruits and vegetables, but seriously, feed your body with whole, unprocessed food. It is not that hard.
    The main aggravation with Juice Plus is the distributors who label themselves health educators and nutritionists. Give me a break. Listening to a few webinars hosted by Juice Plus or attending training nights with your group leaders does not make one a professional in the field of nutrition.

    • Granny92306

      Actually, many of the distributors are health educators or nutritionists. They’ve taken the courses necessary.

      • Wholehealthgirl

        Health Educator is what JP sales people call themselves and that is what they are, sales people. A few courses taken by JP does not qualify anyone to be a nutritionist.
        Granted there my be some degrees professionals who sell JP, but to date in all the years I have been asked to try and buy JP, it has been moms trying to make some extra money.
        Again, nothing wrong with that, but still just a salesperson and nothing more.

  • Sharyn Guthrie

    Hmmm kind of reminds me of the FDA and GMO’s, which were approved without independent testing! JERF – Just eat real food :)

  • Nichole

    Looks like the comments are full of pyramid schemers!

  • Stefan

    No different than Genesis Pure, Amway, or an other pyramid scheme. They prey on weak-minded individuals who are desperate for a shortcut to the easy life. They target you through your financial greed and your lazy approach to dieting. I completely agree with this article.

    Heck, last month my wife and I dropped $700 on vitamins at Vita-Shoppe to try out a new ‘regiment’ they were advertising; Only one of the ‘supplements’ did anything and what it did was more like cocaine than vitamins. Since then, her and I have started exercising, eating whole fruits and veggies more and more in place of heavy pastas, breads, and meats, and we’re both feeling full of energy and are toning our bodies very fast.

    (She’s 31, 5’6″ 120lbs and I’m 28, 6’3″, 184lbs)

    • Angie

      Great job eating the whole fruits and veggies! Congrats on your success! THAT’S the way to get healthy. Supplements and latest “gimmicks” will not do anything for you, as you’ve discovered; they are the money grabbers. From all I’ve read, Juice Plus IS whole fruits and vegetables. Looks like it fills the void when we can’t “get” whole foods (like when business traveling or on vacation). If everyone did what you did, we’d have a super healthy country and not such a rapid increase in morbid obesity. Keep up the good work. Although, you are wrong about it being a pyramid scheme. Sorry.

  • LDM

    I feel the comments for this article are getting a little extreme. It is not a false statement to imply that we should be trying to get most, if not all of our nutrients through real food. There is such a wide variety of supplements out on the market today; that for the average American…it is hard to distinguish between what is truly “healthy” or just a “scheme”. I have never heard of Juice Plus+ and I am sure that it has its appropriate place on the market; however, whenever there is an option to eat whole fruits and vegetables–we should take it. It seems “as a society” we are highly reliant upon “magic” pills to solve all our problems–from anxiety/stress to nutrition/exercise. I feel the point is to question what we put into our bodies…and I applaud Fooducate in bringing up the topic, so that we may have these conversations. In either case, it is apparent that both parties in the discussion have the best intentions for those that they serve.

  • Nanny

    I just started taking juice plus a couple of months ago and a precancerous lesion I had on my lip disappeared My dermatologist asked me what I was doing differently. I said juice plus. I noticed that the ratings of some foods on this site are completely off

  • APMV

    Wow! Very disappointed in Fooducate. What a terrible piece and written by someone who should get an F in his or her research or lack there of. Ever heard of epigenitics? It is a fact that the phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables do in fact fight and cOntribute to the prevention and cure of diseases. Ever bothered to ask around at a university to find out that Almost all research is funded by outside sources? The funding sources of a research project have no control over the research itself. Did you bother to take note of the institutions doing the research? All very credible. I have read 20 of the JuicePlus studies myself and at least three of them demonstrate that the nutrients in JuicePlus are in fact 100% bio absorbable and bioavailable. Did you read any of the studies? Ok and on the note of how the company makes money. So . . . What is wrong with making money on a product that is good for you? Guilt, what? I have never had the feeling that anyone at JuicePlus was trying to do anything other that provide me with a way to improve on my family’s nutrition. Juiceplus may be expensive and Multi Level Marketing may not be your gig but the product rocks. Bad article. Might unsubscribe to Fooducate

  • Ake

    I agree Mickdaly! Do more research fooducate. Respond to us once you have really looked at JP and the actual research studies!

  • JP

    I’ve been taking juice plus for 2 yrs now, and I have only been sick once. I have done research on this company, and they are legit. Every person I know that takes these supplements is in good health . It is a great supplement. Please do your research next time.

  • Ann

    Hey Hemi, why didn’t you at least explain to the reader what a whole food based supplement is? It’s not a vitamin and its the way to go for those of us who can’t get the recommended 7 servings of produce a day which causes me no guilt what so ever. Wish you would have does some research and some thinking before you slammed a decent company who makes money helping people improve their diets. I can hardly believe tht Fooducate would discourage anyone from trying to fill in their nutritional gaps with the only whole food supplement that is proven to be real, bioavailable, free of herbicides and pesticides, all natural, and back by gold standard research (who cares where the funding comes from). Did you bother to find out what third party, double blind, gold standard research means? He much time did you put into this assignment of yours anyway? I recommend you put in more time and effort before slamming someone again. Oh, btw, Jay Martin, the founder and CEO of the JuicePlus company is a normal guy who always had the dream of being successful while helping people improve their health. He started out in the water filter business and then on the bring us an incredible product – JuicePlus. So what if he is rich, he deserves it. Spend your negating e energy attacking Pepsi or Monsano or someone who deserves it.

  • H2O

    Checked out the juice plus website looking for an ingredient list couldn’t find one even looked under juice + ingredient not there. If its so wonderful why couldn’t I find it on their website??what are they Hiding ?? Not a fan of Snake Oil

  • Csillagfeny

    Is this Juice Plus Organic,Non GMO?

  • blueberryd

    I was told by a Juice Plus sales person that the fruits and veggies were “above and beyond” organics… After contacting the corporate I found out the truth is there are some that are GMO (genetically modified organisms)

    • H2O

      No has wonderful has they say… Good for you to try to find out information, and not believe what you are being told

      • H2O

        Not

  • OutThereBad

    It seems as tho fooducate has hurt the people who sell this stuff’s feelings. Smh. How sensitive can yall be. It is MLM so get over it. If not, then open a cart in the mall and sell it directly. But I guess then it would show it’s true (non)worth. Good job fooducate. Rest of yall, get out of your feelings and go buy some vegetables

    • H2O

      Ditto

  • David Thompson

    You need to remember the source that is giving you this information. Fooducate didn’t do any testing or 3rd Party testing. They simply wrote an article based on their opinion. The same opinion that gives real, unsweetened cocoa powder a B- and fabricated, powdered peanut butter an A. I take their opinions and info with a grain of salt. No one ever said that Juice Plus will take the place of eating real food. It supplements your intake. And #4 is really bad writing. You accuse everyone of scamming their friends. Such a broad statement, no real author would ever write that. Only a chided individual. Whoever takes what Fooducate says as ‘golden’ has some problems that they need to deal with.

  • sharon McClellan

    Hello- You seem to sincerely want to help people with their nutrition and health. It is “nutritional confusion” out there so it is wonderful you want to help people learn the truth about nutrition and the foods they are buying for their family.
    That said, you have just put inaccurate information in front of people about Juice Plus which is a simple solution for people to help bridge the gap between what they are eating and what they know they should eat daily! Juice Plus is simply fruit, vegetable and berry powders that help people get more plant nutrition. I Yes, the company invests in the research of their product (which as a health professional I think is great- this proves it’s efficacy) But did you know that it is THIRD party research? Meaning not done by the company but by well known and respected medical institutions (MD Anderson, Yale, Nemours Children’s hospital to name a few). This means that the company has no way of “controlling the findings”. The majority of these studies are “gold standard”, peer reviewed and published in very reputable medical journals (Journal of American College of Cardiology, Journal of Pediatrics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise which is the official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine… just to name a few of the now 32 published studies). You make some inaccurate statements about Juice Plus and very “scathing” accusations about those who are simply wanting to help those they care about learn about simple solutions to help with health and nutrition. I suggest you really get your facts straight before you make such negative and inaccurate statements about a product and about those who are involved in sharing it. This article has reduced your credibility for a portion of your audience who would otherwise appreciate your contribution and what you are attempting to do.

  • Hays

    Juice Plus is not a supplement, it’s about Bridging the gap between what we eat and what we are recommend to eat. Not one person could say that they eat their daily dose of 7-10 portions of fruit and veg a day!

    I would rather take the capsules for the rest of my life then take the various different pills I was being given by my doctor to help my Illness which included steroids!

  • Aaron Bush

    stay away from juice plus? seriously?? there is a reason why i love juice plus. 1. reason. it helps me. 2. its real food. 3. its free to my daughter. 4. i dont have time to get sick. 5.i live a busy lifestyle. 6. i have awesome check ups. 7. i dont have to pay for expensive medications that come with a warning label. 8. I crave the one thing that i avoided for a very long time. 9. powered things hit the body faster. 10. helps with my constant knee pain. 11. helps with the headache fooducate is giving me having to defend a product that is real food. 11. i love my twizzlers. 12. i scanned a twizzler bag to see what u would say about it. your app said to go get a orange. guess what juice plus has. vitamin c.

    so when fooducate tells me to heads towards fruits and vegs i do, i take juice plus because i know it works. i have heard many success stories. but fooducate didn’t want to hear those. what a shame. Cause guess what, im one of those success stories.

    juice plus is real food

    #challengeaccepted #juiceplus #loveit

  • Wendy

    Well, for those of you suggesting or advising just eat the fruits & veggies, that’s great. But tell me, are every one of the fruits & veggies you consume vine ripened, organic & GMO free? I bet not. Those in Juice Plus+ are. Just something to think on.

  • Franklin

    Weak analysis. First, not all the studies are funded by the Juice Plus+. The one by doctors in Foggia, Italy and the one at the DeMours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and the one by the NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH at WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY are not. Get your facts straight. Juice Plus funds the study by supplying the products and also manufacturing the placebos for the double-blind, placebo controlled test.

  • Jploverandextremelyeducated

    Disappointed in this article. I went from not being able to move from my severe degenerative disease Systemic Scleroderma to running 10k’s. I could go on about how much this product has changed my life we’d be here all day. But I was already consuming 18 servings of fruits and veggies and could not get my body in good health. Plus I Have arguments with every
    Point addressed here, not accurate info in the least!

  • http://www.dallasurbanfarms.com Maximillias

    Okay, this is ludicrous.
    I commented on the “read this” link, and now my attitude is worse.
    I am going to address every single attack you’ve made, because you’re an idiot. I won’t get any worse than that one insult, simply because gentlefolk like my friend Mick Daly (who is very successful) would disapprove.
    1. Already addressed the “clinical studies” thing. By the way, what’s with the quotes around clinical studies? They’re clinical, done on humans, by humans. This proves your tendency to ignorant fallacy.
    2. Preying upon people’s guilt: This is silly. GUILT for not eating enough fruits and vegetables? You think a multi-billion dollar company uses the good ol’ “guilt trip” to spread awareness of it’s products? People don’t eat enough fruits and veggies. They feel guilty because they know they’re only hurting themselves and making bad decisions. They buy fruits and vegetables as a result of this. Or they buy Juice Plus+; they equate.
    Concentrated doses of nutrients in a pill? It is highly concentrated doses of fruits and vegetables, not the same as vitamins. Those are micronutrients; nothing is synthesized here.
    3. No shortcuts: I guess you intended this one to down JP, but, yet again, you’ve proven your incompetence. There are zero shortcuts to true health, which is why the fruits and vegetables in Juice Plus+ are so essential to everybody. Got it? Fruits and Veggies = Fruits and Veggies.
    Juice Plus has been “clinically proven” to promote heart health, yes. Are you saying they’re wrong? Protects your DNA? Yep, you bet it does. Again, saying they’re wrong?
    The company does not make these claims; it cites the research.
    Who says the supplement industry prevents disease? It doesn’t, Juice Plus+ does. How could you have wasted so much of your time writing all this, even feeling it, when it’s getting so many people healthy?
    Juice Plus is not a member of the supplement industry. The only way in which it is, is in it’s role as a supplementary element to your existing diet.
    It doesn’t have supplement facts on the back, I hope you knew that.

    4. On an ethical level, MLM does blah blah blah….
    Ok look, whoever… People lie. People murder. The MLM world does not encourage that. People do. MLM is a tool, it is just like money, it is neither good nor bad. Clearly it’s bad for you, but that’s because like attracts like. Nuff said.

  • JPAdvocate

    My husband’s been on it for 6 years and hasn’t gotten sick.

  • Bert

    Funny how these reviews attract such vicious attackers. Almost as if they’re part of a cult. Oh wait they are! Another day, another mlm scam. Sigh..

  • bec

    i would rather eat an apple for 50p…..

  • Deb

    Pyramid Schemes make the majority of their money by signing up distributors to sell their product. Distributors of Juice Plus make most of their money by having customers….not distributors. Big difference in Network Marketing compared to Multi Level. Also…check out the study where the National Institute of Health paid for part of the research. I totally understand what you mean about following the money. Who do you think pays for milk commercials? Long ago, when Juice Plus started, it was because of what we saw with our customers … especially our families…that we promoted it. The research was not there at that time. The company wanted to have research to prove what customers were saying. I believe in this product with all of my heart. I have toured the manufacturing facility and have seen how the produce is quarantined until it meets stringent standards before it is allowed in the facility. You are entitled to your opinion. I’m grateful I am entitled to mine.