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Kirstie Alley's Weight Loss Kit on Dr. Oz Show-Agave Advice Not So Sweet for Dieters

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2012-09-17 20:46

Today on The Dr. Oz Show, special celebrity guest Kirstie Alley dubbed as the "yo-yo queen of dieting" was featured with the promise of revealing her weight loss secrets. Unfortunately, the secrets revealed were little more than stock dieting advice of eating sensibly, maintaining a daily calorie intake of 1,400 calories, and the promotion, but not, Dr. Oz's personal endorsement-of her line of weight loss kit products.

So what’s in Kirstie Alley’s weight loss kits?

Apparently, by what little was said about the Rescue Me™ Kit on the OZ Show and on Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison Weight Loss Program website, that’s a secret that you will just have to buy into on faith…and with your credit card. However, there was brief mention on The Dr. Oz Show of one component in her Rescue Me™ Kit—the use of agave as a sugar substitute mixed with stevia.

The Rescue Me™ Kit as advertised on The Dr. Oz Show is comprised of four products: Nightingale®, Relieve Me®, Release Me® and Rescue Me™.

On The Dr. Oz Show, Nightingale® is advertised as a natural sleep aid that contains liquid L-Tryptophan, an essential amino acid to help you maintain a complete, restful night of sleep. In addition, mention was made of it containing a blend of vitamins and herbs that are formulated to promote restful sleep.

Relieve Me® was described as a natural, vegetarian colon cleanser and dietary supplement in capsule form that promotes a clean digestive system and healthy body while you lose weight.

Release Me® is touted as a natural relaxer consisting of calcium and magnesium that acts to help calm the nervous system and ease muscle tension during weight loss, as well as a way to re-mineralize the body.

But probably the more interesting of the four products briefly displayed on the show was that of the Rescue Me™ elixir—a USDA certified organic weight-loss product that Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison Weight Loss Program claims will boost a person’s natural energy; is rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; and, reduces cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.

On the Dr. Oz Show, Kirstie states that the elixir contains agave and stevia as sugar substitutes to help reduce cravings for sweets. Furthermore, on an online sneak peek video of today’s Dr. Oz Show, Kirstie answers a Facebook fan question of “How do you give up all the sweets you like?” with her advice to use agave with an artificial sweetener as a sugar substitute that won’t mess up your glycemic index:

“If you are really craving a lot of sweets, then I would suggest that you switch over to agave, which won’t screw up your glycemic index, and mix it with some stevia. Stevia sometimes has a strange aftertaste to it, but if you mix with agave--it won’t. And it’s really yummy, more yummy than sugar,” says Kirstie.

While stevia is a fairly well-known sugar substitute in dieting products accepted by the Food and Drug Administration and categorized “generally recognized as safe,” the use of agave has been referred to less glowingly as “…almost all fructose, highly processed sugar with great marketing," according to Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health quoted in an article published by The Huffington Post.

So what is agave anyway? And is it really a good sugar substitute that “…won’t screw up your glycemic index”?

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