The Nutribullet blender does not involve consuming a diet pill or supplement, instead the manufacturers claim to promote a healthy diet which in turn benefits in aiding weight loss. There are however, no clinical studies to support the product.
Below we have reviewed Nutribullet against our review criteria to help consumers make an informed decision.
- Promotes a healthy lifestyle
- Sold by a number of well known and reputable UK based retailers
- Links to key areas of weight loss are indirect
- No clinical studies on the potential benefits of this method for weight loss
The Nutribullet blender has received quite a lot of positive reviews and has proved to be popular in the media. The Nutribullet blender has been approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute, as well as being featured on the BBC Good Food Spring Show. The Nutribullet blender is sold by a selection of UK-based reputable companies. The manufactures of the Nutribullet blender claim that the product goes much beyond what normal juicers do.
There are however a few issues to think about in terms of using the Nutribullet blender for weight loss, including what recipes are used by users as there does not appear to be a set recipe plan for weight loss on the website. The Nutribullet website does offer a three phase recipe guide which seems to be advertised to work mainly in order to flush out ‘toxins’ from the body and boost energy levels. Whether these are applicable to weight loss however, is unclear.
Claimed weight loss benefits
The manufacturers of the Nutribullet blender claim that the blender works like no other, and as a much better alternative to juicing. It is claimed that unlike juicing, which supposedly removes most to all of the fiber in fruit and vegetables, and unlike regular blending, which leaves big chunks of fruit and vegetables, the Nutribullet blender extracts the natural ingredients.
The key benefits that the manufacturer’s claim this creates are:
• Fully breaking down the fruit and vegetables used in the blender helps to release more nutrients and antioxidants than eating or using a normal blender.
• Helping to promote good health and putting the user in control making conscious healthy choices.
• Slowing down the ageing process, increasing overall health, enhancing mood, improving digestion, lowering cholesterol and relieving diabetic conditions.
As the Nutribullet Blender is not a diet pill or weight loss supplement in itself, it is of course important to take into consideration that without using the Nutribullet Blender as part of a healthy low calorie intake diet with regular exercise you may be unlikely to see significant weight loss results. The manufacturers of the Nutribullet Blender claim that if one were to follow specific plans and recipes using the Nutribullet Blender then there is promise of weight loss.
They also claim that the Nutribullet Blender is best used to create smoothies which act as meal replacements. In following this advice, the Nutribullet Blender can be seen to have four of the main weight loss factors: fat Burning, suppressing the appetite, working as a metabolism booster and being safe and effective to use as part of a diet plan. However the manufacturers stress that these results should only be expected if the Nutribullet Blender is used according to a healthy diet plan, preferably with regular exercise.
How Nutribullet Works
The manufacturers of the Nutribullet Blender claim that unlike regular blending which leaves big chunks of fruit and vegetables, the Nutribullet blender extracts the natural ingredients. This means that fresh fruit and vegetables should be fully broken down and ready to nourish. The manufacturers of the Nutribullet blender claim that the blender works like no other, and as a much better alternative to juicing.
It is claimed that the secret of the Nutribullet is its powerful 600 watt motor combined with bullet cyclonic action that forces everything through the turbo extractor blades. The strength of this motor purportedly achieves up to ten thousand RPM that supposedly breaks down and pulverises the stems, seeds and skins where some of the usually neglected essential nutrition is said to lie. On the main website of the Nutribullet Blender, the three phases include a ‘Toxin Cleansing Blast’, an ‘Energy Elixir’ and the ‘Life Boost Blast’ which all consist of using an array of different fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Although the recipes all seem to promote healthy eating which does not consist of much fat intake at all, they are not directly indicated to work only to burn fat and help users to lose weight, but instead to promote overall health. Nutribullet Blender does not make direct bold claims to weight loss, but suggests that through a healthy diet, weight loss can be attained.
It is claimed by the manufacturers in the Nutribullet manual (which comes free with purchase of the product) that not only does the Nutribullet Blender help to promote weight loss, but also as a way to slow down the ageing process, increase overall health, enhance mood, improve digestion, lower cholesterol and relieve diabetic conditions. It is also claimed that through embracing a healthier lifestyle by using the Nutribullet Blender you can also expect to see changes including; younger looking skin and visibly decreased wrinkles, increased libido, improved sleep and increased energy.
The manufacturers give the example that 1/8 cup of nutrient extracted flax seed in a Nutribullet smoothie is equal to the same amount of antioxidants found in as much as sixty cups of broccoli or 100 slices of whole wheat bread. It is believed by the manufacturers of the product that by drinking what we blend, we are able to absorb the extra minerals and nutrients provided by Nutribullet’s special and unique blending technique which works to aid the body and promote good health. The Nutribullet manual provides information on exactly what types of fruit, vegetables and seeds are to be used in order to achieve the most out of the Nutribullet Blender in terms of weight loss. These ingredients are referred to as ‘LIFEBOOST’ friendly starches which are mentioned in the Nutribullet Superfood 6-week Transformation Plan.
The manufacturers of the Nutribullet Blender claim that if one were to follow specific plans and recipes using the Nutribullet Blender then there is promise of weight loss. The large array of healthy ingredients provided in the recipe plans for the Nutribullet Blender are claimed to be mostly high in fibre, helping you stay full for longer. It is believed that the designed recipes if followed properly work to suppress the appetite and aid weight loss by boosting energy levels in the body. Having a set plan for recipes to use with the Nutribullet Blender may also give structure to an individual’s diet which may work to help them keep an eye on exactly what they eat.
The manufacturers of the product also claim that the Nutribullet Blender is best used to create smoothies which act as meal replacements. However the manufacturers stress that these results should only be expected if the Nutribullet Blender is used according to a healthy diet plan, preferably with regular exercise. The purpose of the Nutribullet Blender is to promote a healthy diet which in turn should help users to lose weight.
Key Nutribullet Ingredients
As the Nutribullet Blender is not a diet pill or something taken in supplement form, this makes it difficult to directly link ingredients to the product. The Superfood 6-week Transformation Plan is a good example to look at regarding the Nutribullet Blender and weight loss, however there are far too many ingredients in the plan which we simply cannot individually talk about in relation to weight loss. Therefore it is best to give an overview of the type of ingredients which are suggested to be used in the Nutribullet Superfood 6-week Transformation Plan. In the Nutibullet manual a list of what is referred to as ‘LIFEBOOST’ friendly starches, salad vegetables (low-starch vegetables), and lean proteins is given.
The manufactures of the Nutribullet Blender claim that protein and starch should never be combined together, and instead users should stick to recipes composed of either starches and vegetables or proteins and vegetables.
As there are no direct ingredients linked to the Nutribullet Blender this unfortunately means that there are not many clinical studies associated with the Nutribullet Blender. The manufactures have not had the final product scientifically tested. We can however asses clinical studies carried out on low starch diets in relation to weight loss in order to get a clearer understanding on how or whether a low starch diet does play a role in weight loss and overall health benefits.
Trials must follow a set of rules, known as protocol in order to ensure they are well designed and as safe as possible. It is important that a study measures the correct things in the correct way, and that the results are meaningful.
Low Starch diets
A study by Foster et al carried out in 2003, looked into low-carbohydrate diet for obesity. The purpose of the study was that despite the popularity of the low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat (Atkins) diet, no randomized, controlled trials have evaluated its efficacy. The study involved 63 obese men and women who were randomly assigned to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet or a low-calorie, high-carbohydrate, low-fat (conventional) diet. Professional contact was minimal to replicate the approach used by most dieters. The study was a year long. The results of the study found that Subjects on the low-carbohydrate diet had lost more weight than subjects on the conventional diet at 3 months and 6 months, but the difference at 12 months was not significant. After three months, no significant differences were found between the groups in total or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations. The increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations and the decrease in triglyceride concentrations were greater among subjects on the low-carbohydrate diet than among those on the conventional diet throughout most of the study. Both diets significantly decreased diastolic blood pressure and the insulin response to an oral glucose load.
This study leads us to believe that a low-carbohydrate diet can produce greater weight loss than a conventional diet in the short term; however the differences in this study were not significant at one year. The low-carbohydrate diet was associated with a greater improvement in some risk factors for coronary heart disease. Adherence was poor and attrition was high in both groups. Longer and larger studies are required to determine the long-term safety and efficacy of low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diets.
Another study was carried out in 2013 by Makris et al looking into the similar effects on cognitive performance during high and low carbohydrate obesity treatment. This is a good study to relate to the Nutribullet Blender as apart from weight loss, it claims to work in order to promote physical and mental health benefits. Participants were randomized to either a Low-carbohydrate (L-CHO) or high-carbohydrate (H-CHO) weight-loss diet. The participants were Forty-seven adults with a mean age of 47.4 years and body mass index of 35.3. Their cognitive function was evaluated by four computerized cognitive tasks (Stroop Task, Continuous Performance Task, Word Recall and Wisconsin Card Sorting Task) presented in random order before and at 1, 4, 12 and 24 weeks after the initiation of the L-CHO or H-CHO diet. It was found that there were no significant differences in weight loss between groups at any time point. There were significant improvements on color Stroop task accuracy over time in both diet groups, but there were no differences in performance between groups on this or any other cognitive task at any time period. The findings suggested that weight loss has neither a positive nor a negative effect on cognitive function and that L-CHO and H-CHO weight-loss diets have similar effects on cognitive performance.
Nutribullet Side Effects
The manufacturers of the Nutribullet Blender at first glance do not seem to indicate towards any safety issue regarding the product, however the Nutribullet manual seems to suggest otherwise. Although it is claimed that the product is suitable for almost everyone, a warning is provided stating that use of the Nutribullet Blender is not suggested for those on any medications, particularly cholesterol lowering medication, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs and a few others.
The manufactures also make clear that the Nutribullet Blender is not a piece of medical equipment, nor is it a miracle product. The purpose of the Nutribullet Blender is to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle through a healthy diet. It is also up to the individual to properly follow through a healthy diet and make sure that they ideally maintain a regular exercise regime and follow the recipe advice provided in the Nutribullet manual.
As the Nutribullet Blender is not a diet pill, but a blender, there are no direct ingredients linked to the Nutribullet Blender which means that in essence there are no direct side effects linked to the product. Therefore we must look further into the reported side effects of examples of similar promoted diets and recipes.
If you are following a high-fibre diet through using Nutribullet, it is possible that your body will need to adjust to the change. Whilst it is adjusting, you may suffer from digestive problems such as cramps, nausea, diarrhoea and upset stomach.
Leafy greens contain small amounts of alkaloids and other phytotoxins such as oxalates, goitrogens, arsenic, and opium in order to “warn” the unwelcomed grazers in the fields to move on to another plant family before eating it all. Some believe that over time, these alkaloids can build up in the human body and lead to negative side effects including nausea, vomiting, headache, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, depression, or anxiety. However, the amount of alkaloids in leafy greens is thought to be safe when consumed in normal healthy quantities. But for those that are concerned by alkaloids, by rotating your greens, you may reduce the chance of alkaloid build-up and you expose yourself to a variety of nutrients.
It is important to remember that these side effects have not been proven in relation to the Nutribullet Blender. Whilst there is no proven evidence that by taking the Nutribullet Blender you will experience side effects you should still be careful especially if you suffer from diabetes or other medical conditions, or are aged under 18 or are pregnant, nursing or are already on another form of medication. If you are unsure whether using the Nutribullet blender would be suitable for you, consult a doctor beforehand.
How to Use
The manufacturers of the Nutribullet blender claim that the blender works like no other, and as a much better alternative to juicing. It is claimed that the secret of the Nutribullet is its powerful 600 watt motor combined with bullet cyclonic action that forces everything through the turbo extractor blades. On the main website of the Nutribullet Blender, the recipes for the Nutribullet three phase diet are given which indicates that the recipes be used as a meal replacement of what you would normally eat.
The information given by the manufacturers of the Nutribullet Blender is helpful in gaining a solid idea on exactly how the product should be used and by whom. It is noted that the Nutribullet Blender is best used in conjunction with a healthy diet and a regular exercise program.
Although the Nutribullet Blender is not a dietary supplement pill, it may still be of importance to consider the appropriate use of the active ingredients in the recommended recipes for a user’s age, health, and several other conditions. It is also important to keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be very important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
There are certain types of people who shouldn’t necessarily use the Nutribullet Blender as part of a diet regime without first consulting their GP, these are:
-Those on medication such as cholesterol-lowering medication, antidepressants, tranquilizers or blood thinners.
-Those with high blood pressure or heart conditions
-Those with an existing medical
-Those that have diabetes
-Those who are taking any anti-depressants
Who Makes It?
Nutribullet appears to be the name of the company of the Nutribullet Blender. The website of the product does not give much information about the actual manufacturers of the Nutribullet Blender. For example there is no information about who the company are, the names of the founders, or how the company were set up.
The company does have a company registration number which suggests that it is an authentic company. The fact that the Nutribullet Blender is sold by so many high street retailers also suggests the authenticity of the manufacturers, however it would have been nice to know more about the company. The official website does not provide a ‘Contact Us’ page.
Where to Buy Nutribullet
The Nutribullet Blender has is sold by a selection of reputable UK high street retailers. On the official website, the Nutribullet Blender, which includes the Nutribullet 12 piece set plus free book and free shipping, as well as a 1 year warranty comes to the total price of £99.99. The payment can be made in one go through the website, or alternatively the website gives the option of making three easy monthly instalments for which a £4.96 charge is added to the first payment for postage and packing making the total of the first instalment £38.96, and the the remaining two instalments price at £33.00. For those wishing to purchase a three year warranty on the product, this will cost an extra £19.99.
The UK high street supermarket Asda also sells the Nutribullet Blender. Asda are currently selling the Nutribullet Blender for three pence less than the manufactures at £99.97, however this is a slightly more expensive option as Asda charge for delivery costs. A delivery cost of £2.95 will ensure that you receive your Nutribullet blender within a week, however there is also the option of picking your product up from your local Asda store for free. The exact same product accessories are included with the purchase, however, unlike the website of the manufacturers of the product, the free Natural Healing Foods Book worth £14.99 is not included.
Another reputable retailer who are currently selling the Nutribullet blender is the UK online retailer very.co.uk. Very appear to be selling for an even cheaper price than the two previously mentioned options, at the price of £99.00, however with a delivery charge. The website ensures delivery within seven days of your order. Very also provide the option of paying the cost of the Nutribullet blender in three separate monthly instalments with no added interest. However, once again, unlike the website of the manufacturers of the product the free Natural Healing Foods Book worth £14.99 is not included.
On Amazon.co.uk, the Nutribullet blender can be found at a slightly cheeper price of £93.99 plus a £4.06 shipping fee. The reviews provided on Amazon by customers who have brought the product are on the whole very positive and the product has been given an overall review of 4.7 out of 5 stars. However, once again, unlike the website of the manufacturers of the product the free Natural Healing Foods Book worth £14.99 is not included.
Does Nutribullet Meet our Approved Criteria
Money-back-guarantee: There is no mention of a money back guarantee.
One-off payment: Yes, purchasing this product consists of a one-off payment only and can be purchased from a number of retailers.
Manufacturing Standard: There is no mention whether the product meets any official quality standards.
Accompanying Diet Plan: It is stated that a recipe book is provided with every order.
Ingredients and quantities disclosed: Not applicable as the product is not a dietary supplement.
Company contact details readily available: No contact details are provided on the official website.
Nutribullet does not meet our ‘Approved’ criteria as there is no money-back-guarantee and some information is lacking, including company contact details.
Nutribullet encourages the use of natural ingredients and claims to be cutting edge in terms of blending. Unlike many diet supplements and pills out in the dieting market, the Nutribullet Blender has received a great amount of positive reviews. The company promote a healthy lifestyle as a way of losing weight, however the product is not directly stated to boost weight loss alone. The method behind the product has not been proven to aid weight loss, although there are a few studies outlining the effects of a high-fibre diet.Google+
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