Bad marks for beverages with added benefits
Drinks with angepriesenem additional benefit of not hold what they promise. In some cases, the alleged Messiahs turn out to be even potentially harmful to health. This was the result of a nationwide market analysis of the consumer’s Central of the so-called functional beverages that promise due to the enrichment of various active pharmaceutical ingredients is a Plus to health, vitality, or Power. The drinks give the impression that you would only have to access in order to be healthy, eternally young and vital. In some cases, exactly the opposite may occur.
In the framework of the investigation of the consumer centers 238 ACE drinks, Energy Drinks, sports drinks, probiotic milk drinks, Breakfast drinks, vitamin drinks, Wellness drinks, and water were purchased in six Federal States with different active ingredients and a rating. Overall, the drinks contain more than 100 different added vinegar active ingredients (up to 13 per drink), of Apple and Aloe Vera on St. John’s wort, Kombucha, vitamins to lemon grass.
Here are some of the products promise miracles. The range of advertising claims ranging from “True elixir of Health”, “source of eternal youth”, “the path to long life” to “The Omega-3 fatty acid DHA your body needs on a daily basis” or “more Calcium and Magnesium for muscle function”. ACE-juices about to be advertised with statements such as “protect Yourself” or “high-dose for your health”.
Further results of the market survey
- Most of the statements relate only to the potential effect of the added substance, but not the total effect of the drink.
- In the case of Energy Drinks, all the provider almost ignore the recommendations of the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) to provide a warning of unwanted side effects during prolonged physical activity or in combination with alcohol.
- In the case of nutrition labelling in part simply false claims are made, for example, by a wrong number or a wrong unit of measurement.
- In addition, elements are highlighted that are included in the product only in traces or as a flavouring. So, for example, contains a grape-Papaya drink just 0.5 % fruit juice.
“The far-plated representations to health-promoting effects of the different ingredients devoid mostly of any scientific basis,” said Angela Clausen, nutrition officer of the consumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Caution in the case of enrichment with Beta-carotene
Even worse: In some cases, the products could even lead to damage to the health. In particular, the enrichment with Beta-carotene. From studies it is known that Beta-carotene in isolated Form diseases at a daily intake of only 20 Miligramm in heavy smokers and people with cardiovascular can rursachen Health effects and ve. “Otherwise, the course can set quantities is not a diet, a scientific concept”, according to Clausen. As an example, she cites a children’s drink with twice the content of Vitamin B12 of the recommended daily dose for adults in 100 Mililiter.
No less problematic is the use of medicinal plants. “Either they are present only in small amounts and then neither useful nor harmful, or in higher doses a risk.” The results of the study show an urgent need for action. From the point of view of the vzbv enrichment of foods may be made only if a recognizable health Benefits in order is connected.