Other than straight-up sugar, these lollipops also deliver Satiereal, a patented saffron extract—which may actually suppress appetite, says Ansel. Keyword: May. “I say may because there hasn’t been a lot of research on Satiereal and the results of the research that does exist are mixed,” she says. Ansel notes that the dosage in the clinical trials was the equivalent of two full teaspoons of saffron, or the amount you’d use in 14 servings of paella—so it’s questionable there’s even enough Satiereal in these lollipops to have a true effect on appetite. (And before you start slamming down spoonfuls of the spice, keep in mind that consuming large doses of saffron has side effects that include insomnia, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.)
What’s more, there’s no way to know for sure whether Flat Tummy Co.’s products are safe. These lollipops are considered supplements, which are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Because many of these aren’t closely regulated it’s hard to know exactly what is in them,” Ansel says.
Should you try these lollipops?
“I don’t ever recommend appetite suppressants for weight loss,” Ansel says. “They don’t allow you to tap into your body’s feelings of fullness and satiety, which are key for maintaining a heathy body weight and eating habits. Products like this one are just another example of a quick fix mentality that ultimately backfires.”
Gans agrees—there’s no silver bullet when it comes to weight loss, she says. “Personally, I would never recommend these to a patient. For some people, it might be a helpful tool, but not for the average person,” says Gans. “I recommend a total lifestyle change as opposed to reaching for a medication to suppress your appetite. I’d rather teach them about listening to their own hunger cues, incorporating mindful eating, and making their meals more satiating.”
Prevention.com reached out to Flat Tummy Co. for comment, but as of press time, had not received a response.
(h/t Hollywood Life)