Summer Scams (and Saves)
By Susan E. Matthews
Photo by Everyday Health
Congratulations — you made it through a winter that included numerous polar vortices to get to this summer. The feeling of warm sun on your face and afternoons spent sipping refreshing cocktails outdoors are finally here. We’re as excited as you, but before you dive head first into the pool, we’d like to point out a few possible health scams we’ve seen circulating as the days heat up. To make sure you enjoy your summer to its fullest, read on for info on questionable products you should steer clear of in the coming months, and what to do or use instead.
Fake Fruit Juice Claims
Unless you were in hibernation this past winter, you’re probably aware of the juicing craze. While we’ve already weighed in on whether you should do a juice cleanse, there are tons of juices competing for your thirst and attention this summer — and you should ignore a lot of their claims.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Coca-Cola could be sued for deceptive marketing of their Pomegranate–Blueberry “juices,” which are almost entirely apple and grape juice with less than 1 percent pomegranate or blueberry juice added in.
The company that makes the juice drink WTRMLN WTR claims that their product, made of blended watermelon, could be “your delicious healthy solution to help lower your blood pressure,” according to press officer Eloise Jacobs. While the juice wins points for not having added sugar, a healthier solution would be to eat watermelon straight, not as juice.
Summer Save: While it’s important to stay hydrated in the summer, it’s better to do that by drinking regular water and consuming whole fruits and vegetables, not just focusing on juice. You’ll get all the vitamins and nutrients plus healthy fiber that way.
Kool Tie for Multiple Sclerosis
No one likes the sticky summer heat, but high temperatures are even worse for people with multiple sclerosis since overheating can exacerbate symptoms. Kafka’s Kool Tie claims that it will “reduce the effects of multiple sclerosis,” but Everyday Health’s MS blogger Brad Mann tried it and was dubious. “Regarding the product’s packaging, the claims are somewhat overinflated as to its practical usefulness,” he wrote in an email to Everyday Health. He added that the product was “below average” when compared with other cooling neck ties. The fabric neck tie contains crystals that absorb water when soaked prior to use. These cool rocks increase evaporation around the neck’s arteries while worn, which cools the body. However, when Mann tested it, it took more than double the time to soak to a point of saturation, and the color dye in the fabric ran, staining anything it touched.
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Summer Save: Try to exercise in the early morning before the sun is out in full force, or work out in a gym with air conditioners. Stay indoors when you can, and wear cold packs while outdoors. And if you’re interested in cooling clothing, theMultiple Sclerosis Foundation offers a series of cooling clothing free of charge for people who apply. But remember, while staying cool will help alleviate heat-exacerbated symptoms, it can’t completely eliminate symptoms.