Hoodia has many side effects

Posted 31 October 2011

Publis hed in Health24

A new Unilever report reveals why the consumer goods giant chose to pull the plug on the alleged fat-fighting supplement Hoodia after spending a reported R192 million developing it.

In a clinical trial, Hoodia extract had no impact on appetite or food intake, but it did have a lot of side effects, like vomiting, weird skin sensations and elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
Unilever has known this since 2008, but the news is bound to disappoint consumers, who can buy Hoodia for less than R153 on the Internet.

One website, for instance, claims Hoodia will curb your appetite almost immediately, after taking only a few milligrams, and will not make your heart race.

Too good to be true

Dr G. Harvey Anderson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto, applauded the new report in an email to Reuters Health.… Read the rest

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