January 26, 2011

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Ryley Carlock FDA Lawyer on ABC 15 News...Truth In Dieting

What every diet pill label should include...see the story here.

By Denise Naughton

Everyone is searching for the perfect weight loss solution, and most of us would prefer to have it come in a bottle.

Many diet supplement makers prey off our wishful thinking, making claims that are too good to be true.

According to Susan Brienza, attorney at Ryley Carlock Law Firm there are some key things to look for when choosing a diet supplement.

Brienza says each supplement should contain the following four things on the bottle.
1. The words 'dietary supplement' or 'herbal supplement' should appear on the front of the label.
2. You should also see a supplement facts box. Note: this is different from a nutrition facts box.
3. A 'Disclosure', this will read something to the effect of 'use with a sensible diet and moderate exercise'.
4. The FDA disclaimer. 'These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.'

Beyond those four items, Brienza says there are specific ingredients that are effective that you can look for including ginseng, green tea extract, fiber (e.g. psyllium husk), bitter orange, and guarana or caffeine.

The bottom line is, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

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