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.
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