Have you been lured by the promise of “miracle” pills (or gummies) that claim to help you shed pounds and boost energy levels effortlessly?
Well, if you’re a fan of the popular TV show Shark Tank, then you may have heard about the latest craze in the weight loss industry – Keto Bites Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies by Rize Labs, aka the “Shark Tank Gummies.”
As a Registered Dietitian, I am here to walk you through the real science behind these products…or the lack thereof. That way, you can make the right decision for you, based on your goals, your budget, and your preferences!
If you are not a fan of surprises, my summary is this: steer clear of these supplements. They’re a scam, and they were weirdly never even on Shark Tank.
If you want to know the deets, let’s dive in!
What are Keto Bites?
Let’s get to know the Keto Bites!
Before we dive into the “Shark Tank weight loss gummies”, let’s first understand what these so-called “KetoBites” are.
There are a couple of different brands of apple cider vinegar gummies including this one, KetoBites, that claim to be featured on Shark Tank. However – this is a fib. More on that in a moment.
With any of these products, they’re trying to take apple cider vinegar, which is pretty gross on its own, and use other sweeteners and flavorings to make the gummy more palatable.
These keto gummy products always contain apple cider vinegar (ACV) and they may have other ingredients with a reported benefit as well.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- B vitamins
- Beet root extract
- Pomegranate extract
They’re sold by Rize Labs, which is the same company that is peddling the Alpilean Ice Hack weight loss supplement that I reviewed in another blog. It’s also worth noting that the Alpilean supplements here list apple cider vinegar as the main ingredient, and that a different sales page of Alpilean lists completely different ingredients (I know, I’m confused too).
When you look up this supplement on Amazon, the product reviews are pretty bad (“these don’t work” and there are even typos in the photos from the manufacturer “Maid in USA” instead of “Made in USA.”
The red flags keep on waving.
Were Keto Bites on Shark Tank?
Are keto bites legit? You may be wondering why these gummies are specifically referred to as “Shark Tank weight loss gummies.”
Well, it’s a big fib.
One I discovered as I was doing research for this very blog post. There are so many different keto gummy supplements, I wanted to make sure that I was reviewing the right one and tried to find the episode that featured this product.
Spoiler: it doesn’t exist.
Basically, a lot of sleazy products claim to have been featured on Shark Tank for more reputability, but they’re lying and just hoping no one notices. That includes these keto bites gummies. This video from a fellow dietitian set me on the right path (Thanks, Neily!).
If you want to see the actual products that have been on the show, click here for the official website.
(BTW…even if the supplement HAD been featured on the show, that doesn’t mean that it is high quality either…the hosts of the show are businessmen and women, not healthcare professionals.)
Do Keto Bites Really Work?
The idea behind KetoBites is that by consuming ACV, which is known to have some health benefits, you can potentially lose (a small) amount of weight if you ingest 1-2 tablespoons of it each day.
So far, the research studies are small and short-term (1).
But here’s the thing – there is no magic pill or supplement that can replace a healthy diet and regular exercise. And while ACV may have some potential health benefits, it certainly won’t work miracles when it comes to weight loss.
Apple cider vinegar does have some possible health benefits, including:
Supplements may or may not be high quality and probably don’t have as much of the acid from vinegar because then they’d taste bad. Plus, they’re pretty expensive!
If you actually like the flavor of apple cider vinegar and want to consume it more regularly, whip up your favorite vinaigrette and enjoy.
But if you think drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar is gross, please don’t force yourself to do so. True wellness shouldn’t cause you stress.
The Bottom Line
It’s important to remember that there is no quick fix or magic solution with regard to health, weight or nutrition.
While ACV may have some potential health benefits, it is not a magic solution for weight loss.
On top of that, these gummies are marketed with super shady tactics, and that’s a major red flag when it comes to a supplement that you’re going to put into your body.
It’s scary out there. Anyone can make a website and sell products and it is up to them to get reported and caught to actually take bad supplements off the market.
In the meantime, people are getting scammed out of their money to pursue a goal that is never going to become reality. Any keto gummy product claiming to be featured on Shark Tank, as of this writing, is fake news. And the efficacy of these products isn’t super legit either.
If you’ve been fooled by these, please don’t feel bad. Their websites can be very compelling. But moving forward, you’re better equipped to identify the red flags and protect yourself.
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