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Hydroxycut-Sprinkles

Hydroxycut Sprinkles Review

By: slicedobservant

“1. Sprinkle. 2. Enjoy. 3. Lose Weight.” says the Hydroxycut Sprinkles box. Hydroxycut has made many products over the years, but never one that is sprinkled on food. Hydroxycut Sprinkles is truly unique.

Hydroxycut products haven’t always been met with approval and success, however. So, I was very interested to see if Hydroxycut Sprinkles would bring something new and better to the table.

Read over my research and decide if Hydroxycut Sprinkles is good enough to try.

How Do Hydroxycut Sprinkles Work?

Hydroxycut Sprinkles comes in convenient little 1-serving packets. For best results, sprinkle one packet onto each of your three main meals. Avoid snacking or eating between meals.

Supposedly, Hydroxycut Sprinkles helps you lose weight with clinically proven ingredients. Other Hydroxycut products contain the same ingredients, but manufacturers think Hydroxycut Sprinkles is a “fun way to use and lose” and “an innovative way to lose weight.”

Sensa is also a weight loss product you sprinkle on food. But this is the only similarity it shares with Hydroxycut Sprinkles. Sensa is supposed to trick your brain into thinking you’re not hungry.
Hydroxycut Sprinkles is just giving you a different way to consume weight loss ingredients.

Will Your Food Taste Different?

The official website promises Hydroxycut Sprinkles “doesn’t alter the taste of your food.” But I don’t see how this is possible. Hydroxycut Sprinkles has 5 ingredients and three are commonly used to season food:

• Olive extract
• Cumin
• Mint

Cumin is the main spice in curry. Mint also has a potent flavor. Hydroxycut Sprinkles doesn’t use anything to mask these ingredients’ flavors, so there is a chance you’ll taste them on your food. With some foods, this shouldn’t be a problem. But I can only imagine what cumin tastes like on pancakes or mint on eggs…

The Clinically Proven Ingredients

The Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Sprinkles Blend contains these four active ingredients:

• Lady’s mantle extract
• Wild olive extract
• Komijn extract (cumin)
• Wild mint extract

Tricalcium phosphate (fast-absorbing calcium) is the fifth, inactive ingredient.

When I researched the active ingredients separately, I didn’t find anything that made me think they could promote weight loss. But then, I found a study which combined the ingredients.

The Study

Sixty-six overweight and obese people participated in a 3-month study. They were asked to only eat three meals a day–no snacking. But other than that, they were not instructed to change exercise habits or eat a specific diet.

Every day, before their three meals, participants took a pill with the four active ingredients found in Hydroxycut Sprinkles. A small “control” group ate three meals a day, but did not take a placebo pill. This could skew the results. These were the dosages contained in each pill:

• Lady’s mantle extract: 60 mg
• Wild olive extract: 50 mg
• Komijn extract: 25 mg
• Wild mint extract: 20 mg

The average weight loss of people taking the pill was 20.94 pounds. BMI was reduced 4-4.5 points. Participants who did not take the active pill lost an average 1.7 pounds.[1]

Hydroxycut claims to have also performed a study on these ingredients, which produced similar results. However, I couldn’t find the study so I can’t verify its validity, quality, or neutrality. Since Hydroxycut funded the study, I’m skeptical of how neutral it was.

Why Is the Proprietary Blend a Problem?

The total dosage used in the study was 155mg. This is the amount contained in one Hydroxycut Sprinkles serving. But more important than the total dosages are the individual dosages. Unfortunately, Hydroxycut uses a proprietary blend which conceals the individual dosages.

Many companies are very protective of their formulas and I don’t blame them. I’ve seen companies copy other companies’ formulas exactly. But Hydroxycut shouldn’t have anything to hide. Thanks to the study, anyone can know what the best dosages are. So why is Hydroxycut still hiding theirs?

Because Hydroxycut Sprinkles’ total dosage matches the total proven dosage, there is a possibility the correct individual dosages are used. But because I can’t confirm it, a small part of me remains skeptical. Does Hydroxycut Sprinkles really have safe, effective amounts?

If you’re spending the money, you should be allowed to know exactly what you’re getting.

What Happened in 2009?

The Hydroxycut product line was voluntarily recalled for the second time in 2009. The first time–which was also voluntary–was in 2004 when Hydroxycut recalled all their ephedra-based products. Today, ephedra is a banned substance.

Hydroxycut was recalled in 2009 because 23 people reported serious liver damage and a 19-year-old man died after using Hydroxycut products. Researchers analyzed all 24 cases and concluded the likelihood is more than 95% that Hydroxycut products caused the problems.[2]

After each recall, Hydroxycut completely reformulated their products and re-released them. So far, there haven’t been any serious problems reported with the new line. But I’m not very impressed with the amount of success it’s had either.

How Does Sprinkles Compare to Other Hydroxycut Products?

Hydroxycut.com features seven products right now. They are all part of the Pro Clinical line, which was created after the 2009 incident:

• Pro Clinical Hydroxycut
• Hydroxycut Caffeine Free
• Hydroxycut Instant Drink Mix
• Hydroxycut Gummies (new)
• Hydroxycut Sprinkles (new)
• Hydroxycut MAX!
• Hydroxycut Hardcore

Every product contains lady’s mantle, wild olive extract, komijn extract, and wild mint extract. All the products but Sprinkles and MAX! contain an antioxidant blend. MAX! has an amino acid blend instead. Caffeine Free, Gummies, and Sprinkles are all caffeine-free.

Consumer Reviews

I couldn’t find any reviews for Hydroxycut Sprinkles online, but it is still “hot off the press.” Reviews should surface in the coming months.

I did find 76 reviews for Pro Clinical Hydroxycut; the company’s best-selling product. The reviews, found on Amazon.com, give the product an average rating of 3.1/5 stars. Here’s how the rating breaks down:

• 5 Star: 21 reviews
• 4 Star: 16 reviews
• 3 Star: 9 reviews
• 2 Star: 6 reviews
• 1 Star: 24 reviews

You can see why I’m not very impressed. Hydroxycut was called the “most popular brand of weight-loss supplements” by the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2009. But I’ve seen many less-known products get much higher ratings than Hydroxycut products receive.

Now, I realize these ratings are for Pro Clinical Hydroxycut not Hydroxycut Sprinkles. But, Pro Clinical Hydroxycut has more ingredients–including the clinically proven caffeine[3]–than Hydroxycut Sprinkles. So if, Pro Clinical is getting average ratings, I’m not very optimistic about Hydroxycut Sprinkles.

Where to Buy

Hydroxycut Sprinkles can be purchased at Walmart or Target. The only place to buy it online is the official website. A box with 90 packets (30 day supply) costs $24.99. I’m not sure if it’s the same price in stores.

If you buy Hydroxycut Sprinkles from the official website, you’re stuck with it. The company does not have a money back guarantee or return policy. You can return just about anything you buy from Walmart though. I’ve been able to return used supplements.

Want a Free Sample?

If you want to try Hydroxycut Sprinkles before buying it, you can get a free sample. There are two places to request it from. The first is Hydroxycut’s Facebook page, but you have to “Like” it first. The second place is the official website. Go to the homepage and click on Pro Clinical Hydroxycut. Scroll to the bottom of this product’s page and you’ll see the request form.

To request a free sample, you must provide your full name, email address, address, phone number, and birth year. You also have to agree to the Terms & Conditions.

I don’t know large the sample is. But my guess is, you won’t get enough of Hydroxycut Sprinkles to really try it and see if it works before buying it.

The free sample offer may not last long.

Recommendation

Hydroxycut is a popular name in weight loss. But the popularity didn’t come because these products were or are the safest or most effective. In some ways, Hydroxycut Sprinkles is different than other Hydroxycut products. However, when it comes to safety and effectiveness, I think Hydroxycut Sprinkles has the same, mediocre potential.

Hydroxycut Sprinkles has four clinically proven ingredients. Whether or not it contains the proven dosages is in question.

In the study, participants got results by taking the four key ingredients before meals. Hydroxycut Sprinkles is supposed to be taken with food. I don’t know if this will affect how effective it is.

I really don’t know what to think about Hydroxycut Sprinkles because I don’t have enough information. I don’t know if it’s effective, but I’m doubtful. I don’t know if people like it. And I don’t know if it’s worth buying.

I recommend buying a top-rated fat burner instead of Hydroxycut Sprinkles.

References

[1] Said, Omar, Bashar Saad, et al. “Weight loss in animals and humans treated with “weighlevel”, a combination of four medicinal plants used in traditional arabic and islamic medicine.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2011).

[2] Fong, TL, KC Klontz, et al. “Hepatotoxicity due to hydroxycut: a case series.” American Journal of Gastroenterology. 105.7 (2010): 1561-6.

[3] Astrup, A, S Toubro, et al. “Caffeine: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of its thermogenic, metabolic, and cardiovascular effects in healthy volunteers.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 51.5 (1990): 759-767.

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