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Do sports drinks and energy bars make you a better athlete?

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Posted 15 September 2015

This video from CBC news, investigates whether sports drinks and energy bars make you a better athlete. Mmmm, not really. And the amount of sugar in the products!

So how much sugar in USN’s Ener-G Sports Energy Hydration Drink? Will you be surprised to know that 500 of drink contains  just over 18 gm of sugar, that is around 4.5  teaspoons of sugar? (4 grams of white sugar (granulated) is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar)

http://www.usn.co.za/product/core-muscle/muscle-support/energ-sports-106.html

 

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CLA supplement linked to hepatitis case

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Posted 14 September 2015

A 26-year-old woman who had recently lost approximately 23 kg was admitted to hospital with stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. She had started taking conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements, which are often advertised as being able to reduce body fat, one week prior. She was ultimately diagnosed with the first case of hepatitis associated with CLA supplement use in the United States. This is only the third documented case worldwide.

Reference:

Bilal M, Patel Y, Burkitt M, Babich M. Linoleic Acid Induced Acute Hepatitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Case Reports Hepatol. 2015;2015:807354.

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USN/Evox Protein supplements: what you need to know

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Posted 26 August 2015

Prof Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University, wrote this piece for The Conversation. Titled, Health Check: here’s what you need to know about protein supplements,  it makes the point as we have pointed out on CamCheck before, that very few individuals, even sportsmen and women, need protein supplements.

But the decision to use them is based more on slick marketing claims than anything else; protein supplements offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.

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Melamine contamination in South African nutritional supplements

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Posted 21 July 2015

This South African study by Gary Gabriels et al., found that “47 % of all the sport supplements tested (n = 138) tested positive for melamine. Eight-two % of the South African produced products (n = 27) tested positive and 58 % of the products imported into South Africa (n = 50) tested positive. The median concentration estimate for melamine in the products tested were, 6.0 μg/g for the 138 supplements tested, 8.9 μg/g for South African produced products, and 6.9 μg/g for products imported into South Africa.” (Highest was 76.4  μg/g)

However, “The melamine (undeclared on product label) levels detected in the nutritional supplements products investigated were within the Tolerable Daily intake (TDI) limit guidelines of 200 μg/g as set by WHO and others. Melamine over exposure within the context of the nutritional supplements consumption in the products investigated should not be Read the rest

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USN Carb Binder – ASA breach ruling

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Posted 07 May 2015

A Breach allegation was lodged, arguing that this product is still being distributed and sold by retailers.   The ASA Directorate, however, accepted that the breach did not appear to be calculated and deliberate. Therefore any additional sanction beyond the immediate removal of the amended advertising is required at this time. USN was cautioned that the responsibility to ensure compliance with the ASA ruling lies with it.

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Nutritech Diet Meal vs USN – ASA Ruling

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Posted 04 May 2015

This is an interesting ruling for, in 2013, we pointed out in a complaint to the ASA that USN was lying about the amount of protein in their product. Now USN has laid a complaint with the ASA against a competitor’s product, making the same argument. However the ASA examined the test report of the competitor and ruled against USN’s complaint.

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Nutritech Premium Pure Whey Lite vs USN – ASA Ruling

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Posted 04 May 2015

This is an interesting ruling for, in 2013, we pointed out in a complaint to the ASA that USN was lying about the amount of protein in their product. Now USN has laid a complaint with the ASA against a competitor’s product, making the same argument. However the ASA examined the test report of the competitor and ruled against USN’s complaint.

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Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer

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Posted 22 April 2015

This is a second perspective on a study that concluded that muscle-building supplements are linked to testicular cancer. The first was posted to CamCheck on 14 April 2015.

Men who use muscle-building supplements (MBSs) that contain creatine or androstenedione may have up to 65% increased risk of developing testicular cancer, according to a case-control study published online March 31 in the British Journal of Cancer.

This risk increased even more among men who began using MBSs before age 25, who used various kinds of MBSs, or who used them for a long duration.

Medscape [Requires registration]

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Study finds troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer

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Posted 14 April 2015

This article was published in the Washington Post, and reports on a “a troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer” concluded in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Scientists consider observational data relevant but the conclusions are always open to question: is the product associated with or the cause of the findings. In this study, the presence of a dose-response relationship adds weight to any identified association, but still does not prove causality. However the findings are of great concern. How does this apply to you? If you are using USN, Evox, Biogen or any other product, can you be sure that you are safe?

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MedicalBrief: Fat Blocker moves to silence fact checker

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Posted 29 March 2015

Reproduced from Medical Brief

MedicalBrief: Focus
Fat Blocker moves to silence fact checker
MedicalBrief

Published: 23 March 2015

“MedicalBrief is Africa’s authoritative weekly digest of medical matters, both on the continent and around the world. It brings you a succinct summary of the latest developments, both in news and research, with links to the original material.”

http://www.medicalbrief.co.za/archives/usns-fat-blocker-moves-to-silence-the-fact-checker/

Dr Harris Steinman, a medical doctor and consumer activist who runs a South African website exposing misleading claims about health products, has been forced to move his site offshore after sports supplement company USN demanded his internet service provider (ISP) take down his site because it was ‘unlawful’. Steinman has long been a thorn in the flesh of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) manufacturers because of his success in using the Advertising Standards Authority to remove or change misleading advertising and in this instance his criticisms relate to a USN … Read the rest

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