Dr. Mark Hyman’s literary masterpiece “10 Rules to Eat Safely for Life (and What to Remove From Your Kitchen)”1 contains this bit of sage advice:
“If a food has a label it should have fewer than five ingredients. If it has more than five ingredients, throw it out.”1
Really? More than five ingredients qualifies the product for a trip to the waste basket? Obviously when the good doctor wrote these lines, he wasn’t paying attention to what was on the shelves of his own online store–or hoping his followers would be too blind to notice. Dr. Hyman, have you ever heard of “GlycemX360 Chocolate Shake Mix”? I hope so, because you sell it:
Over 45 ingredients! So by Hyman’s own \logic, you should thrown this product out (assuming you wasted money on it in the first place). But wait! There’s more! Again from the doctor:
“Also beware of food with health claims on the label” 1
Well doctor, let’s look at your labeling:
An “advanced medical food” with more (unsubstantiated) health claims than I can shake a stick at.
The cynical side of me feels that if people are so easily deceived by snake oil salesmen like Mark Hyman, they deserve what’s coming to them. The compassionate side overcomes that, however. I truly feel sorry for those wasting hard-earned cash on this nonsense. The fact that a man with the letters “M.D.” after his name is pushing the pseudoscience makes it all the more offensive.
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(1) 10 Rules to Eat Safely for Life (and What to Remove From Your Kitchen)
(2) GlycemX360 Chocolate Shake on Dr. Hyman’s Online Store