MonaVie, Acai, and Fruit Flies


It turns out that MonaVie is directing distributors to talk about a study about acai and fruit flies. The study in question is:

Sun X, Seeberger J, Albericol T, Schauss AG, Zou S. Açai palm fruit (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) pulp improves survival of flies on a high fat diet. Exp Gerontol. 2010;45:243-251.

You can find a synopsis of the article here.

A smart consumer may recognize that this another MonaVie marketing gimmick. To start with this is another piece of “research” with MonaVie’s Dr. Alex Schauss name attached. That makes 100% of all positive research that MonaVie recommends by their own Dr. Alex Schauss.

The other things to note about this “research”:

  1. It was done with acai
  2. MonaVie is not acai
  3. Acai is not MonaVie
  4. It was done on fruit flies
  5. Fruit flies are not humans
  6. Dogs are more advanced that fruit flies and more like humans (they aren’t insects, can understand language, clearly display emotion, etc…)
  7. MonaVie can be harmful to dogs

So what we have here is MonaVie trying to pretend it is acai. We have MonaVie trying to pretend that study about something else (acai) on fruit flies is something consumers should consider. We have information that MonaVie may be harmful to more advanced forms of life like dogs. It is completely without logic that one could apply this study to humans and MonaVie.

Originally posted 2010-07-13 21:03:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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3 Responses to “MonaVie, Acai, and Fruit Flies”
  1. Jeremiah Says:

    First off let me just say that I think this is a very great and informative web site. While this may not be right on topic I figured it was worth bringing up. I don’t have direct experience with monavie per say I did however work at a restaraunt where a good portion of the employee’s became crazy about selling this stuff. A friend of mine who ran the cafe (along side his girlfriend) became involved with a distributor and began selling the juice at the restaraunt. Soon my friend’s girlfriend became absolutly obbsessed with selling and getting others to sell it. I however remained unconvinced that this was nothing more then one of those door to door pyramid like schemes that sold a lot of hot air.

    All I kept hearing was how much money you could make by selling monavie, I can’t tell you how many times I heard about “how you can make $2,000 a week” from my buddy’s girlfriend. She seemed to have a success story for every new day of the week, and she reveiled how the person who got her involved makes more money selling monavie then he does with his oil change bussiness. I was never convinced that the drink itself was a miracle cure but I found the way everyone acted in regards to this bottle of juice to be extremly cult like.
    At one point I was able to read some material that they give “new recruits” and became so convinced that there was something simply wrong with how this company worked. It seemed that it cost money to do anything, to join it cost a monthly fee to stay active in the monavie team program. My friend was spending well over a $150 a month just to stay involved. What bothered me the most however was how the people started acting once they began to sell this stuff, I mentioned it before but it was very cult like. Eventually my friend realized that he was just bleeding money and he stopped, however his (ex) girlfriend has taken it to the next level by using the cafe as a spring board for her career as a monavie millionare. I admit that I don’t know much about the product itself, but from what I saw first hand about the way they do bussiness I never had any interest in this so called miracle cure all.

  2. Izzy Says:

    I seriously don’t get it. I’ve read that article on the acai pulp but still, why test it on fruit flies when it’s already been consumed by human for thousands of years? That makes the study totally irrevelant. I think it’s more important that we focus on general healthy eating instead of going after these expensive snake oils.

    @Jeremiah, you were smart in not wasting your time in this juice melarkey. I know from personal experience it’s a waste of time and money,and it also alienates the distributer from family and true friends.

    Bottom line is, eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, and take in as much fresh air as possible. Believe it or not, you’ll be much more healthier and a lot less stressed-out than those busy distributers.

  3. MonaVie Scam Says:

    If you look at it from Monavie or Dr. Schauss’ point of view, why not do the study? Fruit flies are very cheap, so the study doesn’t cost much. Such studies have the potential to keep acai and MonaVie in the news.

    More importantly it serves as a point of marketing for MonaVie as referenced here. Educated people would realize that the study is totally irrelevant, but others who may not be as educated (and thus likely to fall for MonaVie’s scam) might attribute some value to the study.

    You can go down the line with all of the studies from Schauss. My favorite one was this extremely poorly conducted study. It sounds impressive until you read it and realize all the problems with it. MonaVie and its distributors are counting on people not reading the study and just saying, “Oh it was done by a doctor and it was in published on a journal covered in Pubmed which is on the National Institutes of Health’s .gov website.” MonaVie focuses on giving only half truths. When you look deeper the lengths they go through to scam people is incredible.

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