I was recently alerted to this thread on a MonaVie Distributor message board:
“I printed out the Monavie’s AIBMR report and showed it to the dietician that works in my building. She kept it quite a while and compared the Monavie results with the Orac table from the u.s.d.a. She said pretty much the same thing that food tech did. According to what Dr. Schausses tests showed, Monavie only has 1.48 mg of phenolics, which are the antioxidants. She pointed out a lot of fruits and vegetables and even juices that actually have more antioxidants. She said if Monavies servings were 8 ounces a day instead of 4 ounces, it would be up there with most of the juices.
Theres no way people are going to pay to drink 8 ounces a day!
“Apparently Dr. Schauss is the director of AIBMR life sciences in Puyallup, Wash. Monavie had him test the product. He’s supposed to be an expert on acai. The dietician said that from what shee reads from the Monavie website the freeze dried acai has an orac of 1027, but that doesn’t mean Monavie has the same. It depends on how much acai is actually put in the bottle. Dr. Schausses report listed the orac of Monavie at 22.81!? That sure got diluted didn’t it? If antioxidants are so damn low, why don’t we just stop advertising that it has alot. I don’t want to lie to people. “
“Thanks for the info sheet. But I’m confused. It said that the acai berry has a orac of 1026. The video I saw with Dr. Schauss said the freeze dried acai powder had a orac of 1027. The pwder isn’t the berry. Even so, like the dietician told me, the orac score of the Monavie is all that counts and it was 22.81”
“I hope you understand that just tonight the link to this blog was posted on an anti-monavie site, where people spend energy trying to hurt our access to the drink (no not PH, another one). You joined after it was posted and you made statements that sound critical. Dr. Schauss is the researcher and of course his body of work was used for Monavie…. I think focusing on Dr. Schauss (like the anti-Monaviers do) is a waste of time and creativity. I still am not sure what your point is anyway.”
“I agree with B of VA. I really don’t give a rats behind about the history of Dr. Schauss and acai. I am interested in the orac score of Monavie. The 1027 orac of the freeze dried acai doesn’t mean anything if the Monavie score is only 22.8. We can’t just say, but look at all the other great things about Monavie because we promote the orac and the antioxidants so heavily. How can we claim that Monavie has the antioxidant equivalent of 13 fruits when all of the fruits that food tech listed on the ph site had so much more? And the dietician I talked to confirmed this. These are professionals. I talked to my husband and we are seriously thinking about getting out of this business before the roof comes crashing down.”
“The $39 isn’t the issue. I have friends and family who believed what I told them, which is what everyone led me to believe regarding antioxidants, fruit servings and the orac score. How much is my reputation worth?
I called Monavie and they just directed me to their websites. I couldn’t talk to anyone who knew anything. We have a food scientist, a dietician and now a personal trainer that have doubts about our product. This is from reading Dr. Schausses own report from AIBMR. Didn’t he think somebody with any brains would question it? I’ve got three kids I’ve got to think about. I can’t afford screwups like this!”
I think this quite an amazing thread. For once we have a distributor actually using logic. Tina listens to the information presented to her and smartly decides to have professionals look into it. The professionals correctly point out that MonaVie’s ORAC score isn’t impressive. Tina is seemingly the first distributor in MonaVie history to realize that the ORAC of frozen acai is irrelevant and that it is the juice that actually matters. She realizes that it’s dishonest to claim less than half of one apple.
B of VA is upset that a fellow distributor is thinking critically about the juice and upset that others can see the thread. B of VA then says “focusing on [MonaVie’s own] Dr. Schauss… is a waste of time and creativity.”
Finally Tina realizes that she has been (unintentionally) dishonest with her family and friends and her reputation is taking a big hit. She asks MonaVie for help and they give her the run around.
Originally posted 2010-05-12 18:36:27. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe above article is intended to be accurate at the time of its original posting. MonaVie may change its pricing, product, or other policies at any time without notice.
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