Facebook isn't the only social media network packed with scammers. A new trend on Instagram has celebrities hawking detox teas like snake oil. And to make matters worse, you're not getting the whole story.
Celebrities like the Kardashians, Britney Spears and Hilary Duff are all posting photos of detox teas like Lyfe Tea, Fit Tea, SkinnyBunnyTea and similar products, and getting rewarded handsomely, but there's more than meets the eye.
All the different tea brands being hawked are basically the same product and do the same thing - "promotes fat burning, reduces bloating, makes you feel light, and cleans the digestive system." But what some of these tea brands don't tell you is that the active ingredient in these teas is senna, a plant that is the key component in laxatives.
Granted, some offer full disclosure, but with others, the disclosure is nowhere to be found or is often hidden or buried in the fine print of the bottles.
Even worse, for certain people, these non-FDA regulated teas could be damaging to your health. Scott Gavura, an Ontario-based pharmacist told Racked, "Taking a laxative when you think you're bloated or overweight is not something you want to do from a medical perspective. That's not healthy to yourself, and if you take it for a long period of time, it can be disruptive for your digestion and to the bacterial flora in your colon."
Meanwhile, other experts have taken it a step farther. Edzard Ernst, an academic physician called it "a criminal exploitation of the gullible man on the street."
So, before you trust that celebrity endorsement or flashy and flattering photo, be sure to do the research before you buy anything along the lines of a detox tea.