KERRY Katona’s teenage daughter Lilly-Sue McFadden has been using a brand of diet shakes said to be linked to both hepatitis and liver damage.
Lilly, 16, has recently slimmed down and told her followers she did it by using Herbalife’s weight loss ‘shakes and whizzy teas’.
The school girl, whose dad is former Westlife star Brian McFadden, has said her new look is “perfect for going back to college” in September.
Sharing ‘before and after’ pictures on Instagram, Lilly told her followers to get in touch with her Herbalife rep if they want to copy her.
She said: “So I’ve been on the shakes, raided @fitwithfrankie cupboard , started just doing shakes and whizzy teas for breakfast and felt more energy so started walking everywhere, being more active in general and I can’t believe the difference!!!!!!
“Herbal life Helped me through my exams with the long mornings and cramming in last minute late night revision!”
She added: “Thanks to my mum and Frankie encouraging me to have a healthier breakfast rather than my usual cereal toast or cup of tea with sugar!
“This will be perfect going back to college too in September, if you want more Info dm me, my mum or Frankie xx.”
In May 2018, The Sun Online ran a special report into Herbalife after a growing number of celebrities began promoting the company’s products on social media.
The nutrition brand sells supplements and meal-replacement products made from soy and dairy proteins, energy bars, multivitamins and minerals tablets.
Lilly-Sue’s mum Kerry – who is known for yo-yo dieting – was among its advocates, claiming she had lost three stone by drinking Herbalife shakes for breakfast and lunch.
But some believe Herbalife to be far from healthy – linking its products to a host of medical issues.
In 2004, Israel’s Health Minister began an investigation into Herbalife’s products after four people using them were found to have liver problems, with a Ministry of Health funded-study concluding a “causative relationship” between the two.
After the tests, Herbalife withdrew one product which was only marketed in Israel.
Then, in 2007 doctors at the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland and the Liver Unit of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Israel found an association between consumption of Herbalife products and hepatitis.
However, a 2013 study published in the World Journal of Hepatology found there wasn’t conclusive proof of a link between Herbalife products and blood or liver poisoning.
Several academic papers meanwhile, have focused on the possibility of a link between Herbalife and drug-induced liver injuries, although no definitive relationship has been established.
How nutritional are Herbalife products?
“For a start it contains 21g of sugars per serving which is more than two thirds of an adult’s recommended daily sugar intake in just one meal”, says nutritional therapist Michelle Lake.
“The protein content, meanwhile, comes from the highly processed soy protein isolate – and though soy in its whole form such as tofu, miso and tempeh can be part of a healthy diet, soy protein isolate is found in lots of processed foods and is now one considered one of the top ten allergenic foods worldwide.
“Many of the vitamins and minerals found in the drinks are not in readily absorbable forms such as magnesium oxide and zinc oxide.
“The drinks are no replacement for healthy meals made with real foods. They are not a long term solution.”
At the time, concerned nutritiounal therapist Michelle Lake said: “There’s no doubt Herbalife is extremely well-marketed but I have concerns about who the distributors are.
“What is their training? Are they really qualified to be recommending nutritional supplements to the general public and what is their motivation?”
In a statement, Herbalife said: “All our independent Herbalife Nutrition Members are independent business people and not employees of Herbalife Nutrition or paid ambassadors.
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“They are compensated only when products are sold and never for the introduction or recruitment of new Members; as such they do not receive any salary or sponsorship fees.”
The statement continued: “Every day millions of consumers safely use our products around the world and no known hepatotoxins have ever been found in our products.
Herbalife doesn’t publish a price list online. Your “Member” will help you “competitively price your product choices”.
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