Food Matters and MonaVie


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%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%”

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 acai… MonaVie is an expensive way to get your antioxidants – 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 directed… Opt for organically grown blueberries, which are more available, much less expensive, and give you fiber as well as plenty of antioxidant activity…. 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 Promoter

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9 Responses to “Food Matters and MonaVie”
  1. Tom Says:

    MonaVie Scam said: “There are 6 million car deaths 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.”

    Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes.

    Quote from ‘Food matters’:”
    39,000 people die due to unnecessary surgery and other errors in hospitals.
    80,000 people die to other infections in hospitals”

  2. Vogel Says:

    The “Tom Show” is wearing awfuly thin. Please pull the plug on this seething idiot already.

  3. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Corrected… thanks for pointing that out Tom.

    The point still remains that the movie very stupidly condemns hospitals for the very small amount of failure instead of celebrating all the people that are helped by hospitals.

    The comparison to car accidents is justified… there are billions, maybe trillions, of successful car trips.

    It’s worth noting that Tom didn’t have anything to say about that or the fact that the movie would have condemned MonaVie for lacking vitamins.

  4. Rasheed Says:

    I’ve heard people saying that acai works on the molecular level, whereas nutrients work in the cellular level.

    That’s why doctors can’t see why it works!

    Unfortunately, I can also say that snake oil works at the molecular level and eats cancer. It’s also all-natural. And I’ll sell it for 5 bucks for a week’s supply. Cheaper than MonaVie!

  5. Ali Says:

    Until I came across this article, I had never heard of “MonaVie” in my life. After reading the label, if that is truely a label from the product, it seems to be not worth my money nor time to consume it. If it is an acai derived product, then I’m sure MonaVie’s intention for you to watch “Food Matters” was specifically to take in the information on nutrition, especially superfoods, as a way to heal our bodies rather than turning to pills.

    There are some contradictions that you make in your own writing that simply don’t make sense. Either you watched the documentary or it was just background noise to you. Perhaps you didn’t understand the concept and the message, which I found quite clear.

    “…against anything in the world. It’s the highest natural source of Mg, it’s the highest natural source of Cr, it’s very likely the highest natural source of Fe, it’s very likely the highest natural source of Mn, it’s one of the highest contents of Zn, it’s one of the highest contents of Cu. All the cofactors needed for a healthy metabolism…it’s in the cacao bean. It’s the highest vitamin C content in all the world, but all processed chocolate has no vitamin C in it because heat destroys vitamin C.” (I used symbols for the minerals you can find them on the periodic table of elements if you do not know them.)

    I do not see, in any way, how your statement can be substantiated given this quote unless you do not know vitamins from minerals. Those that he listed are minerals. Vitamins will typically have the word “vitamin” in the name unless you work in food science, nutrition, organic or biochemstry, etc. where you’ll see the actual names of the compound like Niacin and Folic Acid.

    The scurvy statement is absolutely laughable and proves that you weren’t watching the film at all. The man was from Australia and immediately after he said, “…in this country.” He said Australia! Where in the world did you get the USA? Nevertheless, scurvy is not a dead disease, nor will it ever be, and it’s foolish to think so. It’s just not an pandemic anymore. Those who are typically diagnosed with scurvy are patients that require long-term care from others such as those with advanced MS, CP, advanced Parkinsons, etc.

    You keep trying to compare this documentary to MonaVie and you simply cannot. MonaVie is a product with a gimmic. That’s it! End of discussion! “Food Matters” is a documentary about FOOD and how we’ve screwed it up, the effects it’s caused on our bodies and society, and how we can fix it. This wasn’t a documentary about exercise, how to get flat abs, a butt like ‘Blah’ Celeb, or MonaVie. It was about getting back to basics and fixing our bodies through what we put into them. No pills, no gimmics, just years of combined knowledge, research, and common scense.

    Hope this helps…somebody.

    For instance, in your second paragraph you claimed that the gentleman was talking about cocoa beans and them having “tons of vitamins but once it’s turned into chocolate it loses almost all of its vitamins.” That is not the claim he made. His exact words are, “Cacao beans stack up on the mineral content

  6. Vogel Says:

    I had to re-read Ali’s post several times to try and figure out if there was a valid point …doesn’t seem to be one.

    The thrust of Ali’s argument seems to be that he takes offense to the assertion made about scruvy. I fail to see how that’s relevant, but regardless, what was said in the article was that scurvy and scurvy-related mortality is exceedingly rare. That assertion is correct.
    in developed countries.

    Ali posted an article that describes 3 cases of scurvy in Australia. All 3 patients had profound diseases (cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, and thalassemia) and none of the cases resulted in fatality.

    These 3 cases do not support Ali’s assertion about our food supply having become nutritionally degraded. Two of the scurvy cases were due to poor dietary habits (not poor quality of the food supply) and the other was due to malabsorption (the thalassemia case).

    I failt to see how this cases report even remotely justifies Ali’s derisive sneering tone.

    The nonsense about cocoa was indecipherable, not to mention irrelevant.

  7. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Ali, I’m not sure what your rant about cacao was referring to. You say that you can’t see how my statement can be substantiated, but you don’t list what that statement is. Well you start to at the end, but your comment trails off. I was paraphrasing the man’s claim about processing the cacao beans into chocolate creates a loss in nutritional value.

    I may have missed the fact that the man mentioned he was from Australia while I was taking notes in the scurvy bit. I stand by my (and Wikipedia’s) point that scurvy is rare in industrialized nations and Australia is an industrialized nation. For the purposes of the discussion, United States and Australia can be considered the same… I could have used any industrialized nation to prove the point that scurvy is extremely rare.

    I don’t want to take this topic and turn it into one on scurvy, but you are very wrong about it. While you may be correct that it is serious, that has nothing to do with the fact that is extremely rare. It is so rare there articles like: : “Scurvy occurring in a teenager – Scurvy is now an uncommon condition in the western world. We report a case of scurvy in a 14-year-old female with an inadequate diet who developed a purpuric rash affecting her trunk and legs. The rash resolved dramatically with ascorbic acid therapy.” It is essentially saying, “OMG, we found a person with scurvy!” Even the article that you linked to had one mention of scurvy: “Skin, muscle and joint disease from the 17th century: scurvy.”

    Anyway, the whole point about scurvy is moot. Scurvy is easily preventable with just a little vitamin C. You can even do this with a cheap supplement (showing that food doesn’t necessary matter in this case). Scurvy goes into the same discussion of other deficiencies like iodine. We simply don’t see people walking around with huge goiters from iodine deficiency. When Starburst candy can solves the problem, I think we can conclude that the average person has bigger fish to fry.

    Ali, you are missing the point of this article in the context of the website. The website all about MonaVie. My opening statement was, “Multiple MonaVie distributors have recommended that someone who is against MonaVie watch the documentary Food Matters.” MonaVie (and/or some high-level distributors in the company) is telling the distributors to watch this movie and use it as a selling point for the juice. You can see this if you go to: and look through the slideshows of the videos. You can see it at websites like this one.

    Perhaps MonaVie and Food Matters have a distribution deal to sell more movies, because even the Food Matters official website, says “The ORAC rating of acai is 1,027” which is the a misleading freeze-dried scoring system of acai. You can freeze dry wild blueberries and achieve a 3250 ORAC score. It doesn’t mean that wild blueberries have that ORAC score in general. (Plus, MonaVie is less than 2% Freeze-Dried Acai.)

    Anyway, more on that connection between Food Matters and MonaVie. You can see that Saul (from Food Matters) and Schauss (from MonaVie) have crossed paths before.

    So, Ali, I agree with you that the movie has nothing to do with MonaVie. That’s the whole point of the article. I wish I didn’t have to write the article to point it out, but dozens of MonaVie distributors have used the movie as a viable reason to buy their product. I wanted to watch the movie and write an article to respond to those distributors. This way whenever the next crazy one comes along with the next crazy argument, I can simply direct them to this article and not have to repeat myself a hundred more times.

    I hope that makes more sense now. For the purposes of this article, it isn’t necessary to get every detail on scurvy or cacao right, it is to show that MonaVie has few vitamins and minerals which is what the movie was predominately about.

  8. tree Says:

    Quote: “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.”

    I cant believe you even began to write an article without even watching or even listening to what was being said in the documentary, what you said here is very off track.

    When Dr Saul was talking about deaths… it had NOTHING to do with hospitals, I don’t think hospitals were even mentioned while he was speaking.

    He was talking about deaths due to the KNOWN and EXPECTED side effects of prescription Pharmaceutical Drugs compared to the deaths attributed to “vitamins”.

    I think there were 106,000 deaths on average per year due to the expected side effects from drugs which were KNOWINGLY prescribed and taken (THIS DOES NOT COUNT MISUSES OR ODs)

    From vitamins there were 10, yes 10 deaths in the last 23 YEARS ATTRIBUTED to vitamins (this isn’t verified or proven, it has just been attributed)

    Then a calculation came up where it was like over the past 23 years taking the current average:

    23 x 106,000 = 2,438,000 deaths via NORMAL USE of drugs.
    10 (supposed, unverified) deaths from vitamins in the last 23 years.

    He said all this because of the bad press vitamins get compared to pharmaceutical drugs.


    Watch and listen properly before trying to review or write about something.


  9. MonaVie Scam Says:


    I did watch the video and yes Dr. Saul was talking about hospitals.

    As for comparing death due to prescription medicines vs. vitamins, this is like comparing deaths due to cars and couches. We know that there are expected deaths coming from car accidents. That’s the risk we take due to the vast benefits they provide. Couches are much, much safer naturally. However, they aren’t very good at transporting you from one place to another.

    You should go back and look at how many lives modern medicine has saved vs. the amount that vitamins have saved. It would be the billions for medicine and 10 for vitamins.

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