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Former first lady Michelle Obama has come under intense scrutiny after her new “health drink” was found to not actually be all that healthy.
According to a new Bloomberg report, Michelle Obama’s “Plezi Nutrition” brand of drinks wouldn’t be allowed in schools based on the very same school lunch regulations she championed during her time in the White House.
Obama, who is credited as the co-founder and strategic partner with Plezi, is pushing these drinks as a healthier alternative to the various sodas, juices and sugary drinks that are all but unavoidable at the grocery store.
Plezi’s first products to market are all various mixed fruit drinks.
Of the experts that Bloomberg interviewed, however, “most were critical of the new line of drinks.”
“The experts largely agreed that the product is an improvement on soda, though a small one,” the report notes. “At the heart of the matter is whether ‘healthier than soda’ is good enough for a product aimed at children as young as 6, especially one that comes with Obama’s endorsement.”
While the Plezi drinks do, in fact, contain far less sugar than its typical competitors (an eight-ounce Plezi drink has six grams of sugar. A typical eight-ounce bottle of apple juice has 28 grams of added sugar. A can of soda of the same size contains 26 grams of added sugar), the drinks also contain additives that disqualify them from school lunch programs.
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