Many people have written me over the past year to ask for my opinion on Juice Plus. I figured I might as well write a short blog post to explain my thoughts and refer people to in the future. In short, my opinion is that you should not waste your money and should simply add more fruits and veggies into your weekly trip to the grocery store.
Studies of Juice Plus’ effects have very controversial results because the only studies that have been done supporting their claims were sponsored by Juice Plus. Critics have argued that there is no true scientific proof to its many health claims. Three studies which included chemical analysis have indicated nutrient amounts that differ from what is on the product label. Several claims have been filed with the FDA and Better Business Bureau which have made them discontinue certain product lines. Consumer watchdog organizations and government agencies have actually disputed the claims and according to Quackwatch it is “a colossal waste of money”. If you check Juice Plus on Wikipedia and MLMwatch there are several research studies listed proving JuicePlus is not effective.
Concerns have been raised that the nutrients aren’t even bioavailable which means the human body cannot absorb them. There have been a few studies showing adverse health problems caused by JuicePlus but it seems that the most harm is done to your wallet, not your body. I wish people would realize there is no quick fix or magic pill. Fruits and vegetables are delicious and made for our bodies to digest and absorb their nutrients – eat lots of them. Forget the diet and live a lifestyle of abundance. You can eat as much as you want and not even worry about the calories!