Pedialean Fat Burner Review — Does Pedialean Work?
Pedialean is a fat burner "designed" specifically for children. It’s manufactured and sold by Klein-Becker, a company well-known for its outrageously priced products.
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Pedialean is a fat burner “designed” specifically for children.
It’s manufactured and sold by Klein-Becker, a company well-known for its outrageously priced products.
And their advertising “claims” are interesting too. Check out some of the advertising material for Pedilean…
“If you’re the parent or grandparent of one of the more than 11 million overweight or obese school-aged children in the United States, you know the pain and embarrassment this growing “Epidemic” can cause. But now, a revolutionary, all-natural weight-control compound offers new hope.It’s called PediaLean™: the first and only clinically proven, safe, and effective weight-control compound designed for children and adolescents… and it’s finally available in America exclusively from Klein-Becker USA.”
Only one problem though. Pedialean is neither clinically proven, nor has it been shown to be effective. In fact, Klein-Becker was one of 6 companies recently forced by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to pay $3 million for making false and unsubstantiated claims about its products, one of which just happens to be PediaLean (other Klein Becker products targeted by the FTC include the fat burners Leptoprin and Anorex).
OK, with that out of the way, what’s the miracle ingredient in Pedialean that is supposed work so darn well? It’s labelled on the bottle as Pediatropin™: Proteinophallus Rivieri/Araceae (tuber) extract. To make things simple, let’s call it glucomannan, which is the active ingredient.
Pedialean sells for about $70 a bottle, which is absolutely outrageous. It’s priced about three times over what it should be. But that’s not unusual for Klein-Becker. After all they priced their original ephedra based Anorex fat burner at around $130 — about 3-4 times the amount charged by manufacturers of similar products.
Glucomannan is a fiber supplement that does show some promise — it seems to reduce serum cholesterol and blood glucose levels in individuals with Type II diabetes. It also seems to improve insulin resistance syndrome. One small study showed that 1 gram of glucomannan, taken with 8 oz. of water one hour prior to meals, has a significant influence on weight loss (one study showed almost 6 pounds of fat lost in two months — with no changes in eating habits).
Nonetheless, that’s a far cry from saying that glucomannan is some sort of miracle weight loss product for children — more data is required before glucomannan’s effect on weight loss is effectively demonstrated. In fact, most people would be far better off adding fiber to their child’s diet (from fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes). The typical low quality North American diet does not contain nearly enough fiber — the average North American consumes 15 grams of fiber daily — 10 grams less than the minimum recommended amount of 25 mg.
Nancy Howarth, a nutritionist from Tuft’s University in Boston, suggests people who add an extra 14 grams per day to their diet could expect to lose 4 pounds and decrease food intake by 10% in 4 months.
While it may not be easy to get your child to up his or her fiber intake, it’s relatively inexpensive, healthy, and will pay great dividends in the long run. And unlike Pedialean… it will work!