Michelle Obama Health Drink Draws Criticism From Experts

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(ConservativeHub.com) – Past First Lady Michelle Obama’s recently released health drink Plezi would likely fail to fall in line with standards that were set during the Obama administration, according to a Bloomberg report.

Bloomberg discussed with a dozen independent health groups and experts about the drinks. They indicated that Plezi’s flavors which are to be released earlier this month would not be up to the standards of the drinks that are currently served at establishments for elementary and middle school students.

The article specifically noted that schools for younger students are only allowed to provide water, milk, or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice that don’t contain any additional sweeteners. It is permitted for the schools to dilute the juice with water. However, the four flavors of Plezi would not fall under any of these criteria which were set during the Obama era and are currently under review.

Experts further pointed out that there were concerns about the “non-nutritive sweeteners” added to the drink which include potentially unhealthy items like monk-fruit extracts or stevia leaf. According to Bloomberg, the World Health Organization in a report also advised against the usage of such sweeteners, such as stevia, to control body weight.

One expert, Harvard nutrition professor Jerold Mande, told the outlet that Michelle Obama’s advisers gave her poor advice in encouraging her to promote the drink, which ultimately might be just as bad for someone as diet soda.

Center for Science in the Public Interest nutrition director Bonnie Liebman also stated that children were better served by consuming the intact fiber found in fruit instead of the processed fiber that is found in Plezi. She further added that it was not yet determined whether soluble fiber could lead to children feeling satiated or whether it would prevent constipation.

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