Multiple MonaVie distributors have recommended that someone who is against MonaVie watch the documentary Food Matters. I haven’t finished it yet, but I thought I’d jot down some notes.
My initial reaction is that this is an odd recommendation for MonaVie distributors to make. The movie spends a significant amount of time talking about vitamins are good for you. Specifically it makes the point that the cocoa bean has a ton of vitamins, but once it’s processed into chocolate it loses almost all of its vitamins. This is an appropriate time to review the amount of vitamins in MonaVie:
There really isn’t a lot there. You’ll see a lot of MonaVie distributors make claims about the nutrition of acai. This is like selling chocolate as a health food because it contains cocoa beans. Compare a serving of that to something like V8 Fusion Acai Berry which has the following vitamins:
“Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 100%
Vitamin E 10%
One doctor is quoted as saying that we still see scurvy in this country (the country being the United States). Of course Wikipedia correctly points out “Though rare, there are also documented cases of scurvy due to poor dietary choices by people living in industrialized nations.” I’d like to point out the rareness there. I haven’t heard of anyone dying of scurvy in my lifetime.
Dr. Andrew W. Saul noted, “There are only about two dozen nutrients.” This flies in the face of what some MonaVie distributors claim when they say that acai seems to have something in it that’s helpful, that we don’t know about.
The movie makes a lot claims about people who die in hospitals. I believe (I may have to re-watch for the exact number) it mentioned something around, 100,000+ deaths a year in the United States alone. That sounds like a lot until you realize that there are 300 million people in the United States. There are 6 million car
deaths accidents in the United States alone each year. Does that mean we should stop driving cars? Does it mean that we should not have hospitals? It simply makes no sense.
Clearly eating healthy food is a point. No one is arguing against that. The questions become what are the healthy foods. From the nutritional label above MonaVie doesn’t qualify. According to leading doctors like Time Magazine’s one of the top 100 most influential people Dr. Andrew Weil on MonaVie says: “There are no reliable studies on any commercially available products containing acaiâ€¦ MonaVie is an expensive way to get your antioxidants â€“ it sells for about $40 for a 25.3 ounce bottle. That works out to $4 to $6 per day if you use it as directedâ€¦ Opt for organically grown blueberries, which are more available, much less expensive, and give you fiber as well as plenty of antioxidant activityâ€¦. As for the glucosamine in some MonaVie products, there are less expensive ways to get that, too.”
The fiber there is important if you subscribe to the Food Matters theory. One of the doctors specifically mentioned fiber as something that could be helpful in fighting colon cancer. Again, notice that MonaVie has almost no fiber.
I find it very odd that there’s little mention of exercise. I realize the subject of the movie is that Food Matters… but with only one mention of exercise at the end of the movie, it is a completely lacking look at what it means to be healthy.
Originally posted 2010-06-24 23:04:20. 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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