With a bunch of “diet teas” out on the market, there's a question that should always be on your mind: “Is there anything about this product that makes it stand out from the rest of the pack?”
Well, in this case, the answer seems to be a resounding “no”.
What Is It?
Fit Tea joins a long list of products that promises tons of results such as suppressing hunger, boosting energy levels, detoxing the body, and boosting your metabolism. Just about the only thing it does not promise to do is balance your checkbook.
When a product claims it is supremely effective at doing more than one or two things, this is a huge tip-off that things may not be on the up and up. This is because the products end up being loaded with ingredients just for the sake of having ingredients.
What's In It?
The label claims that it contains the following ingredients: green tea, ginger, lemon juice, stevia, honey, macha tea, garcinia cambogia extract and a few others. These ingredients on the surface look innocent enough, and maybe some of them even seem a bit exotic, until you do the research.
For instance, garcinia cambogia extract comes from the rind of a Malabar tamarind. It has been used in many fly-by-night weight loss products and has been linked to heart abnormalities and extreme digestive issues. If diarrhea and cardiac murmurs are what you are looking for, you might get them with products like these. For most, the possible fit tea side effects should be enough to scare them off.
The tea also contains sea salt which the label states is for electrolytes. However, salt intake can make you retain water and too much salt can actually skew your electrolytes to a dangerous balance. A tea that possibly makes you retain water while promising to help you lose water weight is a bit of a paradox, wouldn't you say?
This is where the “snake-oil detector” really goes into overdrive. Any product that promises to help you lose weight by losing water weight is essentially promising you false results. The problem with losing water weight is that the results are extremely temporary. Once you start drinking water again, like any health-conscious person should be doing anyway, the weight comes right back on.
The advertising is also a bit questionable as the models posing with the tea are all young and beautiful with tight abs and large chests. Rest assured, unless you already look like this, Fit Tea will not give you sexy abs or inflate your chest. Maybe that will be promised in the company's next tea product, who knows?
General Public Reception
Unfortunately for the company, according to the reviews on a leading internet retailer's website, the tea is about as popular as the proverbial “fly in the punch bowl.” Complaints range from episodes of severe stomach cramping and nausea all the way to not even getting the correct amount of the product ordered.
That's right, you read that correctly, the company is sending out packages with incorrect product counts. Missing tea bags, ripped tea bags that left loose tea scattered in the package and even tea bags that were sealed but empty of actual tea! This calls into question if the ingredients that are listed on the package are even in the tea to begin with – and if they are, at what level?
Some diet teas are not to be taken lightly because certain people have had allergic reactions to various ingredients that these products use, garcinia cambogia being high on that list. When an herbal supplement is so poorly presented that the actual product count is called into question, this is a huge danger design.
Since herbal diet teas are considered supplements, they are not held to the high standards that the FDA demands. Herbal products from reputable companies are wonderful, but for all you know, this tea may have been scraped into tea bags by hucksters sitting around their kitchen table. This is a nightmare scenario that has actually happened with other supplements before.
Smack your own hands if ever find yourself in the store aisle reaching for a box or on the internet about to click that “order” button. There can be no good that comes from ingesting this tea, only loss of money and possibly your dignity.