What You Should Know
The Swedish Diet is a weight loss supplement, though the name implies a diet program. The official website is designed with testimonials, videos and online ordering. Customers are promised 100-percent satisfaction, or the supplement can be returned for a refund of the purchase price. While the supplement claims to be caffeine-free, we know there are other stimulants aside from caffeine that may be added to a formula to fulfill this claim. Under the Clinical Studies tab we find study details for a tiny study including just 35 people. Despite the fact that there is reference to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, the study is not considered valid because too few people were included.
List of Ingredients
- Aloe Vera
- Nopal Cactus
- Senna Leaf
- Eleuthero Root
- American Ginseng Root
- Green Tea Leaf
- Suma Root
- Yerba Mate Leaf
- Guarana Seed
- Pau D’Arco Bark
- Gymnema Sylvestre
- Garcinia Fruit
- Fennel Seed
- Kola Nut
- Burdock Root
- Peppermint Leaf
- Slippery Elm Bark
- Licorice Root
- Vitamin and Mineral Blend
As we mentioned earlier, there may not be any caffeine in The Swedish Diet, but there are multiple stimulants. Yerba mate, green tea leaf, guarana seed and garcinia fruit are all stimulants that contain caffeine or work similarly to caffeine.
In addition to the stimulants, we find at least one diuretic and laxative. Combining diuretics and laxatives with other ingredients means those other ingredients will be pushed out of the body before they can be fully absorbed. This is especially true of the vitamin and mineral blend.
Finally, licorice root should not be taken with laxatives and diuretics. Licorice root can increase potassium loss, which commonly occurs when taking a laxative. Moreover, diuretics also cause potassium loss. If potassium falls too low it can be life-threatening. The Swedish Diet attempts to add potassium back with potassium sorbate, but the laxative ingredient may not allow the potassium enough time to absorb.
The good ingredients in the formula include green tea leaf and the complete juice blend. The juice blend provides antioxidants, which fight free radical damage and may reverse some of the signs of aging.
- Available from multiple online and off-line stores.
- All ingredients are listed on seller websites.
- Contains stimulants, just not caffeine.
- Contains a diuretic and laxative.
- Combines licorice with a laxative.
The Swedish Diet is not really a weight loss supplement. There are good ingredients in the formula, but they are masked by the laxative and diuretic. We also tend to suggest dieters skip products from companies that stretch the truth. Just because the stimulant in a formula is not caffeine, does not mean it won’t cause negative side effects.