TV programs like the Dr. Oz Show are known for covering highly controversial issues in health and medicine. Covering controversial issues ensures viewers stay tuned for more information (this is good for advertisers). Despite the good advice Dr. Oz gives out, he often promotes products that are unproven and ineffective. One such example is a dietary supplement called "raspberry ketone" that is claimed to be a fat burning miracle in a bottle. When Dr. Oz featured this product on his show he made a serious mistake that any legitimate health profession should never make. The mistake Dr. Oz made was failing to mention to his viewers that "raspberry ketone" has never been studied in humans!
As a fellow health professional I find this oversight completely unacceptable. The excitement for "raspberry ketone" comes from a very small study on mice showing modest weight loss benefits. That's it. Unfortunately a single study on mice does not constitute a miracle breakthrough for humans. At this point in time researchers have no idea whether "raspberry ketone" provides any benefits to humans! As for the testimonials that Dr. Oz shared he conveniently overlooked the changes in diet and exercise these women made to achieve their weight loss. This is a shameful and misleading practice many companies use to promote unproven products. Shrinking fat cells by taking an over-the-counter supplement sounds to good to be true - and it is. The Federal Trade Commission recommends that consumers avoid products that promise spectacular results without making significant changes in eating and exercise habits. As always, when it comes to weight loss products (like "raspberry ketone") keep your thinking cap on! Remember if something sounds too good to be true - it probably is - even if its on the Dr. Oz Show. If you find this information helpful please use the social media icons below to "share" this information with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc.!