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Power Pop Lollipop, Oh Lolli, Lolli... Yummy, But Do They Help You Lose Weight?

 

Power PopsPower PopsPower Pops, one of the latest weight loss fads, are flavored lollipops that are supposed to quell one's appetite and, particularly, the yearning for other carbs. Power Pops contain natural ingredients, like hoodia, that are known to reduce hunger and increase energy, but are they present in enough quantities to make a difference?  Or is the suggestion that the Pops are effective enough to make them so?

First, let me say that Power Pops appear to do little harm, except maybe to your pocket book.  Though they do contain a bit of sugar and corn syrup, it is very little; the Pops only contain 2 grams of sugar each. There is no label information on the quantities of each of the natural herbs in them; therefore, if you are sensitive to any of them, or if you have diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, or high blood pressure, you should contact your physician prior to indulging. They are:

  • Hoodia - A natural ingredient in weight loss from South Africa that has been used for hundreds of years which suppresses the appetite and works with the receptors to signal satisfaction.
  • Citrimax - A natural ingredient in weight loss products for over 30 years which suppresses appetite and helps to burn fat.
  • L-Tyrosine (Amino Acid) - helps concentration and alertness
  • Vitamin B6 - involved in more body functions than almost any other single nutrient, helps absorbs fats, and reduces water retention.
  • Vitamin B12 - Helps with proper digestion, absorption of foods, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
  • Guarana - Combined with Vitamins B6 and B12, helps reduce fatigue and increase mental alertness. Guarana contains caffeine.


Power Pops come in dozens of flavorsPower Pops come in dozens of flavorsThe Pops are colorful and, to many, flavorful -  they come in dozens of flavors. According to the instructions for their use, you suck a Power Pop one-half hour before each meal after you've had an 8 ounce glass of water.  It should take you at least 30 minutes to finish the Pop. Then you drink another 8 ounce glass of water.  My thinking is that after drinking 16 ounces of water in a little more than half an hour period, you would be pretty full anyway.

Also you must suck the Power Pop very slowly for it to be effective. If you suck voraciously or crunch the Pop with your teeth, the Pop will not decrease your appetite.... and it will, according to some, leave strange feelings in your mouth. (See Amazon customer reviews.)  Wouldn't any lollipop or hard candy that you suck for 30 minutes or so reduce your need to eat sweet carbs? 

Challenge my doubts, please.  I just don't want to spend $31.50 for 30 lollipops. (Actually, I could get a trial size bag of 15 Power Pops for only $17.95).  Available in many, many flavors or in variety packages at Amazon.com.

sources: Power PopsWebMD, Amazon.com

(aside:  If you want to see a great video of the Chordettes singing the original "Lollipop" song, visit YouTube here! Anyone recognize the guy in the video?)
 
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