It seems that anytime Dr. Oz mentions a promising new pill for weight loss or anti-aging, affiliate marketers are waiting in the wings to pounce and turn a quick buck. It seems that no sooner than the words come out of his mouth, the internet is flooded with fake blogs, fake reviews, and fly-by-night websites pushing their “pro” version of the product. The latest in this series of products is raspberry ketone. Is this another scam or is it legit?
Dr. Oz did in fact promote the potential weight loss benefits of raspberry ketone, but the research he offered as evidence was performed on laboratory mice and rats – not humans – and at the end of the article admits, “Positive early results in the lab can be promising, but these do not always mean the same outcomes will occur in humans.”
In his tentative endorsement of raspberry keytone, Dr. Oz never gave certain specifics, such as how long it was safe to take the product. Some have suggested that there may be risks for certain groups in taking a pill that could affect body temperature and metabolism. Further, even if the product works – if long-term use isn’t advised, the consumer would still have to make some lifestyle adjustments in order to maintain any weight loss.
I’d advise anyone about putting too much stock in a magic weight loss pill backed by a couple of studies done only on animals in a lab. How many times have we heard this before? Last year we had African Mango, which is starting to disappear in online ads. Before that it was acai berry, which flooded the internet in 2009 with fake affiliate blogs, most of which are long gone.
According to the Wikipedia article on the chemical: “Although products containing this compound are marketed for weight loss, there is no clinical evidence for this effect in humans.”
The good thing about raspberry ketone is that, unlike some of the other “magic bullet” weight loss fads, you can find it at your local supermarket, it’s not terribly expensive, and it does seem relatively safe to take as directed. So if you want to try raspberry keytone, here at Waffles, we suggest you to buy it at a local store, rather than online. It is readily available at supermarkets and drug stores in your area. Buying them locally person will help you avoid internet scammers, fake blogs, middle-men affiliate marketers, unwanted “subscription” plans, and shady third-world producers of the product., all of which are sometimes hard to distinguish from legit re-sellers online.
I wouldn’t call the product a scam, nor can I – or anyone else – say it works at this point. There just isn’t enough evidence either way.
And please be very careful of websites, such as this one at post-sentinel.com that was advertising raspberry ketone just today (May 14, 2012). That site has the markings of an affiliate marketer, which you should avoid like the plague (notice the light-gray disclaimer, which notes that the stories depicted are fake). Or take a look at this one at hlifestyles.com, which is virtually identical and was also advertising today. This is further evidence that affiliate marketers are pushing the product, which should make anyone take pause. Their ad read “Raspberry pill burns bodyfat. How this important new discovery can help you shed unwanted pounds.”
In 2013, we still see ads for this supplement. On March 28, 2013, we spotted one with the headline “Lose 20 pounds in 4 week” and text that read, “Dr Oz ‘Miracle pill burns fat fast.'” This ad linked to daily-health-reports.com, which looks remarkably similar to page on consumerlifestyleweekly.com… and even contains much of the same text!
Odds are than in a couple of years raspberry ketone will take its place next to acai as a failed fad, as further studies tend to shoot down magic pills in cases like this. If you want to try raspberry ketone, however, it seems harmless enough to give it a go if you buy it at a local store.