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Beware of Buying Green Tea Online

Updated on September 26, 2015

Beware of Buying Green Tea Online

Beware of Buying Green Tea Online
Beware of Buying Green Tea Online | Source

Motivation to Market Weight Loss Products

ABC News cites that the U.S. weight loss industry, which includes diet books, diet drugs, and weight-loss surgeries is $20 Billion USD annually. (Article dated: May 8, 2012)

Why is Green Tea Popular?

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) has been touted among weight loss fad diets to promote weight loss.

Not Enough Scientific Evidence to Substantiate Weight Loss Claims

To date there is not enough scientific evidence that conclusively shows that green tea consumption leads to weight loss. For scientific studies to be conclusive and accepted as fact, follow up studies should be able to replicate the weight loss, in order to confirm the results. While some studies have claimed to produce results, the actual conclusions drawn have not been confirmed by later studies, therefore the claim that green tea consumption leads to weight loss is currently unsupported by scientific evidence.

Wikipedia states: "In 2011, a panel of scientists published a report on green tea's claimed health effects at the request of the European commission: in general they found that the claims made for green tea were not supported by good scientific evidence."

The biggest motivator to find natural health supplements that promote weight loss is money. The weight loss industry was cited as $20 Billion back in 2012.

2012 statistics by ABC News indicate:

  • 108 Million people in the U.S. are on diets
  • 220,000 people had bariatric surgery in 2009 due to morbid obesity
  • Average cost of bariatric surgery = $11,500 to $26,000
  • Endorsements paid to celebrities to promote weight loss products and programs = $500,000 to $3 Million

Source: ABC News Staff. "100 Million Dieters, $20 Billion: The Weight-Loss Industry by the Numbers."

The Average Dieter is Willing to Try Cheap Products Initially

Many dieters are skeptical about fad diets and promoted weight loss products, as they should be. This skepticism often moves them to cautiously try a fad product, if it falls within their allowed budget. This often leads to consumers purchasing the most inexpensive version of a product to try it out. This is a dangerous practice!

This is not to say that the more expensive variants of health supplements work. It only suggests that the most inexpensive version could be more dangerous than the versions produced in a certified laboratory.

How to Avoid Negative Side Effects of Green Tea

16 Year Old Girl Gets Hepatitus from Green Tea Purchased Online

The British Medical Journal Case Reports published a case study of a 16 year old girl that did this very thing to try to lose weight. She went online and purchased green tea, and began to drink it regularly.

After losing a few pounds on her green tea regimen, she began experiencing "horrible" joint pains, abdominal pains, dizziness, and nausea. She went to her doctor(s) in London, and told them her symptoms, and that she had been drinking green tea that she bought online.

The physicians initially gave her antibiotics, treating her for a minor infection. But she came back to the emergency room, showing signs of jaundice (i.e. yellow skin, and/or yellow eyes from a buildup of bilirubin in the tissues of the body). Signs of jaundice indicate to a doctor that the liver has been overloaded by a toxin at some point, and may shut down soon if the problem not fixed. To further clarify, liver failure equals death.

Her doctors performed more tests on her, and finally concluded that she had an inflamed liver (hepatitus). They treated her with medication and intravenous fluids, and ordered her to stop drinking the green tea she bought online.

After that, she regained her health, and learned a valuable lesson: Be cautious about buying supplements and herbs online, because you can not be sure about the quality of the product.

Source: Mohney, Gillian. "Teen Girl Developes Hepatitis After Drinking Green Tea Bought Online."

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for helping to get this important warning out to others. Hepatitis is a series disease. It would be interesting to know details on how the doctors determined that the green tea caused it. News reports usually leave us with a lot of unanswered questions. No matter, buying supplements/foods online should be done with extreme caution.