The Acai Berry Scam

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Is the acai berry scam real? Will you really lose weight with acai? Let's look at those questions a little.

What is acai? (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) It is a species of palm tree cultivated for fruit and hearts of palm. The fruit is a small, round, black-purple fruit about 1 inch (25 mm) in circumference, similar in appearance but smaller than a grape and with less pulp. The skin of the ripe fruits is a deep purple color, or green, depending on the kind and its maturity.

If you have searched for weight loss products in the  past few years you certainly saw ads for the acai beri.  Even if you didn't search for weight loss products, you probably saw plenty of these ads.  They were everywhere.  Either it works or the acai beri scam is a real scam.

Acai berry scam weight loss products have been the superstar of the weight loss scene for about the last five years.  This wasn't because it worked, it was because of unproven marketing claims made by distributors of the MLM company MonaVie.  Their acai berry scam would use bogus claims and marketing tricks to suck dollars out of many pockets.  

Fake celebrity testimonials were one of the biggest tricks of the acai berry scam.  They make claims to be endorsed by Rachael Ray, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz and others.  They are presently being sued by Oprah and Dr. Oz for some of these false testimonials. 

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Although, Dr. Oz has endorsed Raspberry Ketone, it still lacks a lot of evidence it will produce a significant weight loss.  But it is a proven antioxidant, and there is some scientific evidence it will help promote weight loss when combined with exercise and healthy eating. Then again, you can lose weight with just exercise and healthy eating.

Beware the free trial

Many people have been sucked into signing up for the "Free" trial offer.  You are told you get a trial bottle for just the cost of shipping, usually $1 to $4.95. Then you find out there is a charge of $68 to $98 on your credit card not the $4.95 it was supposed to be.  Not only can you not get the charge reversed, in a couple weeks they charge you again.  Many people have had to cancel cards to stop the charges.

One such company, Central Coast Nutaceuticals, was shut down by the FTC for not only using deceptive trade practices such as this but for making false claims.  They promised substantial weight loss of 10 to 25 lbs in the first month when using their product. Here is one of their lies:

"WARNING! AcaiPure Is Fast Weight Loss That Works. It Was Not Created For Those People Who Only Want To Lose A Few Measly Pounds. AcaiPure was created to help you achieve the incredible body you have always wanted ... USE WITH CAUTION! Major weight loss in short periods of time may occur."

This false statement was used by the FTC to help get them shut down.


In Conclusion

There is nothing wrong with acai berry consumption, it is just not going to make you lose weight.  It is kind of in the middle of fruits for antioxident properties and is low in calories and high in fiber.  Like any fruit, it can be a part of a healthy eating diet. If they tell you it will help you lose weight, it is an acai berry scam.

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