Kim Kardashian is promoting a slew of so-called “healthy” brand name “snacks” on her exclusive members-only Web site. But some can be dangerous to your health if you follow her advice, while others have questionable health benefits, according to health experts.
In her latest post, “The Foods I Always Have in My Fridge!” she names several products that she claims she eats or drinks, regularly.
But does she really?
Kim has been known to make paid product endorsements and push them out to her estimated 81.2 million social media followers. Presumably, some also subscribe to her paid Web site at $2.99 a month.
Kardashian, who famously claims to have shed 70 pounds following the birth of second child Saint West, does not disclose whether she’s being paid to schill the products. Even so, some of her advice is sketchy.
Kim, for example, claims Sargento String Cheese is one of her favorite snack foods.
The snack, which usually comes in a 12-pack, boasts only 80 calories per string. But 60 percent of those calories come from fat; 36 percent comes from protein and the rest, (4 percent) from carbohydrates, according to Web site fatsecret.com.
Other Sargento cheese strings, like its mozzarella and provolone combo, are higher in calories and fat.
Kim strictly follows the high-fat, low-carb Atkins diet, so high-fat cheese may work for her.
But Medical site WebMD cautions that dairy products should be low fat if they’re going to be served as snacks.
Kim, 35, is also promoting a new fad drink, Pressed Juicery Activated Charcoal Lemonade.
The product contains only 35 calories per 8-ounce serving with no fat, saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol.
“I’m not super into the whole ‘juicing’ craze, but Pressed Juicery’s fresh drinks taste amazing and make the perfect snack!” she wrote.
But activated charcoal drinks are anything but “snacks,” according to health professionals.
“Using charcoal is a powerful detoxification process, Lauren Minchen, a registered dietitian and nutritionist based in New York City told the health site eatthis.com
“Your body needs lots of water to help flush those toxins out once they are bound by the charcoal. You’ll likely spend the entire day running to and from the rest room, but this is an important step.
Activated charcoal contained in cold-pressed concoctions is supposed to provide detox benefits. Charcoal has the ability to absorb so-called toxins in the digestive tract.
But it can also can be dangerous.
If you take regular prescription medicines or supplements, it will absorb them as well, depriving you of their benefits.
If you drink too much, it can absorb nutrients from your system stored in fatty tissues that are vital to your health, according to medical Web sites.
Most professional health advocates say you should drink activated charcoal drinks sparingly and never before or during a meal.
Kardashian is also promoting another fad drink called, Bio-K Probiotic. “I love that it keeps both my digestive and immune system balanced!” she proclaims.
Probiotics are a big and rapidly growing business. Annual global sales are expected to hit $42 billion in 2016,” according to BerkleyWellness, a Web site published by the University of California at Berkley.
Probiotics are generally considered safe for healthy people. The work by introducing beneficial bacteria into your system. But they can also produce negative side effects.
Some studies show they can “overstimulate the immune system, or adversely affect metabolic pathways such as carbohydrate metabolism,” according to BerkleyWellness.
The site warns:
“If you are immune-compromised, have certain bowel problems or are seriously ill in other ways, avoid probiotics unless your doctor has okayed their use. Probiotics should be used cautiously by pregnant women, infants and young children and never given to premature infants.”
The university adds that not enough solid evidence exists to recommend their widespread use.
“Vague claims that probiotics ‘support good digestive health’ are meaningless. Larger, longer and better studies are needed to test specific strains for specific conditions and to determine the proper doses and regimens,” it says.
Kim says she is “obsessed” about another product, Diet Peach Snapple tea. “It’s sooo refreshing and perfect during this hot summer!” she advises.
Seems harmless enough; Snapple teas only have 80 calories and no fats. But looks and product marking can be deceiving.
Kati Mora, a dietitian, told DietsInReview.com, that beverages like Diet Snapple are cloaked in a “health halo.”
They give the appearance of being good for you, because the marketing is loaded with buzz words like “diet,” “low fat” and “fresh fruit.”
But the fact is, artificially sweetened ice teas are no better than a diet soft drink, according to “Big Loser” registered dietitian Cheryl Forberg. In fact, Weight Watchers gives them the same value, a Plus-3, she notes.
She says drinks like Snapple should be “consumed in moderation.”
But that’s not what Kim Says: “These foods and drinks are great for snacking and keeping me energized throughout the day.”
It’s safe to assume Kim has tapped into the gravy train promoting this products. Either way, her advice needs to be treated skeptically.
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