CONSUMERLAB.COM FINDS NUTRITION POWDERS & DRINKS MORE ACCURATELY LABELED THAN NUTRITION BARS, BUT UNAPPROVED FOOD INGREDIENT SEEN IN SOME
White Plains, NY -- March 5, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that 24 of 26 nutrition powders and drinks that it recently evaluated met their label claims for carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This is in stark contrast to ConsumerLab.com's announcement in October, 2001 that 60% of nutrition bars tested did not meet their label claims. Nutrition powders and drinks, often consumed as shakes, are commonly used for dieting, general nutrition, body building and to enhance athletic performance. Annual sales of nutrition powders and drinks grew 16% in the past year to $971 million in traditional U.S. retail channels alone according to Information Resources, Inc. (Chicago, IL).
Two nutrition powders failed to pass ConsumerLab.com's review, because they contained the herbal ingredient "stevia," which has not been approved for food use in the U.S. due to inadequate safety data. Stevia is a botanical, non-sugar sweetener that can only be sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement. The two products that contained stevia were labeled as foods, not supplements.
Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com commented, "Aside from the two products that should have been labeled as supplements, the results were a welcome relief from the problems we recently found with nutrition bars, where the full carbohydrate content was often hidden from consumers. The drinks and powders tend to contain about half the amount of carbohydrate and fat as nutrition bars and generally twice the amount of protein per serving. In fact, people using some of these powders and drinks as their primary source of nutrition should make sure that they are getting enough fat and carbohydrate from other foods."
The complete list of products that passed the review, as well as ConsumerTipsä on buying and using nutrition powders and drinks are now available to ConsumerLab.com's online subscribers at www.consumerlab.com. General findings and examples of approved products are also available free from the Web site. Similar information is also available for other popular vitamin, mineral, herbal, and other supplements as well as nutritional products. Other ConsumerLab.com Product Reviews scheduled for release in coming months include weight loss/slimming supplements, potassium supplements and products containing botanical sources of omega-3 &-6 fatty acids (ALA and GLA). ConsumerLab.com's Guide to Buying the Best Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements is scheduled for publication later this year. ConsumerLab.com also offers an Athletic Banned Substance Testing program. To further assist consumers, ConsumerLab.com licenses its flask-shaped CL Seal of Approved Quality (see The CL Seal) to manufacturers for use on products that have passed its evaluations.
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