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Monday, August 25, 2008

Mmm, Tea

I was enjoying an Arizona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng when I noticed a curious little warning under the Sue Bee Honey logo:

Contains a small amount of honey. Not for use by diabetics without advice of a physician.

Hmmm...the honey additive in a product with less than 1 gram of carbohydrate and a net caloric content of zero needs a warning about diabetes? I would like to know what lawsuit prompted this or has our litigious society pushed manufacturers to the brink of putting a warning on EVERYTHING. What's next? A warning on bottled water letting you know that it only takes 2 tablespoonfuls of water in the lungs to drown you? ...Product not intended for nebulization or inhalation. For drinking only. The surgeon general says inhaling water could result in choking, birth defects, coma, and death...

I would have put the diabetes warning under the ginseng. The Natural Standard: Herb & Supplement Reference lists warnings for diabetics under ginseng. Apparently ginseng causes big drops of glucose levels when taken in combination with oral hypoglycemic meds. Funny. I haven't seen a lot of this type of warning on ginseng-containing products and there are a lot of them out there.

This is just one more example of why you shouldn't take herbs without doing a little research when you are on medications, Whole Foods employees be damned...


Anonymous said...

Maybe the message got placed in the wrong part of the label? Maybe, the mention of honey is a Arizona Tea embracing some (not all) truth in advertising? I hadn't heard anything about honey needed warnings as a sweetener--maybe for babies if it hasn't been pasteurized, but as a source of calories, no.

True enough, though, haven't seen any warning on herbals--but then, they're foods--not intended to change the function of the body, right? Herbals as foods are not subject to food warnings as if drugs, e.g. alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, taurine, etc., I think.

Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

After enough people die or end up hospitalized el governmento supremo will step in and overregulate the stuff for the good of the people. Until that day I hope anyone taking a prescription or OTC medication checks with the pharmacist (note I said "pharmacist" ie licensed health care professional, not Whole Foods puppet that is paid to push the overpriced unnecessary herbals on folks to make a quick buck) before combining any herbal with their medications. Some combinations can be lethal. Whole Foods isn't gonna tell you that. Trust me, I like to quiz the employees stalking the aisles for rubes. Their answers and eagerness to push even more supplements on you disgust me.