Muscle-building shakes don’t always have as much protein as they claim to

Posted 10 July 2016

In a report in The Conversation, researchers elaborate on their research into whether protein supplements available in South Africa contained the level of protein indicated on the label.

The researchers report:

[quote]In our study we found a difference of up to 80% in the labelled protein content and the value determined during analysis. From the 70 products included in the study, 65 products – or 93% – fell within the regulations.

In 21 products the actual protein in the product was more than 10% less than that stated on the label, but five products over-reported protein content by more than the acceptable limit of 25%.

These five products had between 42% and 80% less protein in the tub than what they declared on their product labels.[/quote]

In this study, Nutritech, BPI and Supplements SA fare extremely poorly. USN previously laid a complaint with the Read the rest

Immunadue – ASA ruling

Posted 08 July 2016

A consumer lodged a complaint against the Immunadue’s print advertisement appearing on the front page of the Beeld Newspaper on 28 March 2016.

The advertisement is headed “Kry ‘n perfekte pH balans met Immunadue” (obtain a perfect pH balance with Immunadue). It features a photograph of a family, with a chart depicting the following illnesses on an inverted bell-curve:

  • “Artritis” (Arthritis)
  • “Stres” (Stress)
  • “Sommige Kankers” (Certain Cancers)
  • “Inflamasie” (Inflammation)
  • “Diabetes”
  • “Jig” (Gout)
  • “Osteoporose” (Osteoporosis)

The complainant submitted that “There is no scientific proof that this type of ‘medication’ can alter blood or tissue pH level to the extent that it can be beneficial in treating the conditions listed in the advertisement. This is fraudulent information, it misleads the public and can lead to serious complications and even death in patients that might discontinue their own medication to switch to this product”.

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Homemark Slim Freezer

Posted 06 July 2016

Homemark sells a product, Slim Freezer, which claims “Lose an average of 20% of your fat cells in the treated area with just 1 application a month“. Readers of CamCheck will be aware that Homemark has sold products, with little to no evidence that they work, to consumers.

In this instance, a company in the UK was selling the same/similar device.

Home Shopping Mall’s SlimFreezerHomemark Sim Freezer

A consumer laid a complaint with the UK ASA, who assessed the evidence and ruled against the claims being made for the device. In other words, there is insufficient evidence to confirm that this device is more than a toy.

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‘Stem cell snake oil’ clinics

‘Stem cell snake oil’ clinics could put patients in danger, report[1] says

Study finds that at least 350 companies are marketing unapproved stem cell ‘treatments’ aimed at everything from facelifts to Alzheimers and Parkinson’s

The US has become a booming market for unauthorized stem cell “treatments” for everything from breast enhancements to Alzheimer’s disease, according to the authors of a new report that warns of dangers to patients from such “stem cell snake oil” pitches.

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