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Media Hype Over Hoodia

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There have been several media reports about Hoodia; among these are the BBC documentary on the plant that generated international attention and interest, and the 60 Minutes report that made people crazy about the plant. These reports basically talked about the plant’s efficacy in suppressing appetite. Overweight people around the world saw new possibilities with the introduction of Hoodia as a natural appetite suppressant that has literally no side effects. This media hype caused many natural food companies to get into the frenzy and join in the bandwagon by selling their own preparations of the plant in the form of diet supplements.

The BBC Documentary – What It Was All About

A BBC team traveled to the Kalahari Desert in South Africa in 2003 to experience the popular plant first hand. According to them, the plant was not as attractive as they expected it to be. They described it as being as big as a long cucumber having ten tentacles. It even had a strange taste that developed after eating a half-a-banana sized portion of the plant.

The team reported to have lost their appetite during their 4 hour drive back to Capetown. They also reported not having an appetite the next day and until 24 hours after eating the plant.

The 60 Minutes Report – What They Had To Say

The 60 Minutes team also traveled to the Kalahari to validate the appetite suppressing effects of the Hoodia Gordonii plant. Consumption of only a small piece of the plant resulted to the loss of hunger for an entire day, according to the news team.

What Happened After These Two Reports?

Many companies took advantage of the media hype that the BBC and 60 Minutes reports caused internationally. Diet supplements touted to contain Hoodia were introduced by many companies into the market. Even the internet was affected by this frenzy as many websites claimed to be selling the ‘As Seen In 60 Minutes’ Hoodia supplements. Many started quoting from the news reporters who reported on Hoodia to boost their sales of the supplements.

What the public did not know was that the two news reports merely reported on the efficacy of raw Hoodia to suppress appetite, and not on the efficacy of Hoodia diet supplements. The fact that both of the reporters for these two news companies ate raw Hoodia was lost in the hype. The two reports on the plant never mentioned or focused on or tested the efficacy of the Hoodia supplements. If the reports took this particular issue into consideration, the news would have been quite different. There is a huge difference between many Hoodia supplements in the market; the most disappointing of these differences is the truth that these supplements contain very small traces of Hoodia Gordonii or none at all. The reports would have been more accurate when related to the consumer buzz if it was about the Hoodia supplements and not the Hoodia plant itself.

What Oprah Has To Say About Hoodia

Oprah And HoodiaTo further boost their sales, many companies selling Hoodia supplements misinterpreted a particular article that came out in the July 2005 issue of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, ‘O’. They claim that the article clearly indicated that Oprah herself was endorsing the supplement. Some online retailing companies for the supplement even claim that their product is ‘Oprah Recommended’.

The truth is that the Queen of talk never recommended Hoodia or Hoodia diet supplements. The article that these supplement companies were referring to was titled, “Diet Pills: The Next Generation” written by Mary A. Fischer, primarily about diet drugs and not supplements and the article focused on what pharmaceutical companies were doing to come up with a diet drug that would really work big time.

Strange, because the only reference to Hoodia in this article were the first two introductory paragraphs that talk about how manufacturers capitalized on the plants weight loss properties, that there little proof that these diet supplements are actually effective, that these supplements contained very little or no Hoodia extract, and that instead, caffeine was the chemical most likely found in most of these supplements.

This did not endorse Hoodia in any way, but the media hype seemed to conceal this fact. Of course, those who wanted to strike it rich with this Hoodia craze chose to disregard this fact and even tried to distort what was already reported. Be careful especially of those websites who claim that they have Oprah’s endorsement, this is absolute rubbish!

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I was introduced to Hoodia back in 2007. I am not that into diet pills, but with Hoodia Gordonii, the fascination came as a surprise. This blog will give you information on what Hoodia does and does not do. The truth!