I have wrote previous blogs on Advocare, their products, and MLM's in general. You can look through archives to read them. I was working out at a gym today that carried their supplements. So me being me, I had to take a look. First off, almost every single product of theirs uses sucralose as a sweetener. I've actually had a person who distributes Advocare, who is very successful at it I may add, look me at me with a straight face and tell me that sucralose is a natural occurring substance in your body. Hmmmm that's why it's patented, also know as the brand name Splenda, and as I type the word in my blog Microsoft underlines it in red as a misspelled word. This is also why you should get health advice from a professional and not your neighbor who holds party's and knows some facts that they learned at a 2 day seminar. But I'm not going to get in to that, I've blogged about that before.
Today I want to target a specific supplement of theirs known as "Spark". I have been told, and read that Spark is advertised as a healthy alternative to coffee. I like coffee, I also feel that it often gets a bad wrap. There are numerous health benefits from drinking coffee in moderation. Now a frappuccino from Starbucks is a milkshake, not a coffee, there is a difference. So I took a look at what was suppose to be so much healthier than my 1 cup a day of organic coffee, with coconut milk creamer, and stevia. Not only did it have the cancer causing sweetener sucralose in it like their other products. It also had some other unlisted artificial flavors in it as well. One thing that shocked me though, since it is suppose to be an alternative to coffee, was the amount of caffeine in it. 120mg per serving! An average cup of coffee has around 85mg. So where's the healthy alternative? The synthetic vitamins that are in it?
While writing this blog I also went to Advocare's website to take a second look at Spark's ingredients. What I thought was very strange was while they listed some of the ingredients, you had to click an additional tab to see their "full list of ingredients". What are they trying to hide?
I thought of a comparison today to Spark that is very fitting and cheaper. Go get a box of cheap synthetic multi vitamins from your local GNC, and a case of diet coke's. Every morning take pop a multi and slam your diet coke.* You just had the equivalent to an Advocare Spark. Let's go down the check list. Cheap Synthetic Vitamins? Check. Sucralose? Check. Other artificial crap? Check. Caffeine? Check. I think you checked all the boxes!
But if it's good enough for Drew, then it's good enough for you! (Sarcasm)
*Please don't do this, this was used as a comparison to how unhealthy Spark is.
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