Watchdog slams 'misleading' health drink claims

With their promises of boosted metabolism and weight loss it's easy to see why health drinks are becoming increasingly popular. But according to new research many of these so-called health drinks simply don't live up to the hype.

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In a report published today, consumer watchdog Which? suggests many of these products are a waste of money and that Brits would be better off saving their pennies.

The slimming drink Aspire, for instance, advises that each can can help you burn 200 calories by 'raising the body's metabolism' and 'suppressing appetite'.

The good news is that the study by Which? found that those who drank a bottle of the flavoured drink did burn an average of 209 calories during a three-hour period - the bad news is that's only 27 more calories burned by a person opting for a drink that made no such 'miracle' claims.

NeuroTrim, which claims to support weight loss thanks to the key ingredient LuraLean, also came in for criticism and the Advertising Standards Authority recently ruled that an ad advising that the drink was "designed to promote weight loss" was misleading.

A drink claiming to help maintain "healthy joints, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments", ActivJuice, was also slammed by the consumer group which pointed out that there was little evidence to back up its claims.

While some products claiming to reduce cholesterol were found to offer genuine benefits, many 'health drinks' appear to be money down the drain.

Whatever happened to good ol' H2O?

Have you tried any of these 'health drinks'? Let us know what you think of them below...