Originally Posted by bellastarr
If it says it on the bottle that there is zero of everything it has to be....companies can get sued big time if they lie about that stuff
i've never had it but i read halle berry drinks it....as do other celebs...so my guess is it is definitely fine! movie stars wouldn't drink it if it wasn't zero cal
I do use Mia, but it's essentially a liquid drink mix, with the same ingredients as Crystal Light and other low-calorie beverages (most do not have exactly zero calories, as I'll explain in a minute). If you're opposed to artificial sweeteners and colors (I'm not), then you'll want to avoid Mia.
But I do want to address the other issues. Yes, they (food makers) really can say a lot of things that aren't true, and they only get in trouble if they get caught (and often it's only a slap on the wrist).
There was a famous breakfast cookie company (loved by celebrities) that made profits for years before independent labs found that the cookie contained nearly twice the calories claimed on the lable (turns out the sample they sent to the lab for testing was significanlty smaller than the ones they made for sale).
Even when manufacturer's follow the rules, the rules aren't zero = zero. The law allows estimation/rounding, so anything with fewer than 5 calories can be called 0 calories.
As an example, non-stick cooking spray such as PAM lists a calorie count of zero (or close) on the label for a 1 to 1.5 second spray, and yet most consumers spray for 5 seconds or more. That means that zero might equal almost 25 calories (and 50 calories if you use a 10 second spray).
Also, movie stars aren't necessarily any better informed on these issues as anyone else, especially when it comes to diet and health. Some are very health conscious and aware, and some are no more aware than anyone else. They often have the same misconceptions about healthy dieting as non-celebs. They can be just as easily misled as any one else.