Trendy Health Drinks: Do They Really Work?

From vitamin-infused vodka to fat-burning coffee, find out which drinks offer real benefits and which are just marketing ploys. (20 Photos)

Melissa F. Pheterson on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:46PM

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Trendy Health Drinks: Do They Really Work?

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Healthy or Just Hype? Acai Berry Juice

Goes by: Bom Dia, Bossa Nova, Sambazon

Celeb fan: Paula Abdul

Hit the scene: 2007

Claims to: Products made from the juice of this Brazilian fruit are said to prevent heart disease and cancer, fight aging, speed weight loss.

Bottom line: Derived from a so-called “superfood,” acai juice is touted as antioxidant-rich, with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. But it is not alone, notes Villacorta. “The acai berry itself, like every berry, is a superfood,” he says. “And because it can be tart, acai berry juice tends to be full of [added] sugar, without the full health benefit of the fruit itself.”

Better choice: Mixed berries

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