Optavia Weight Loss Products (Fuelings) Contain Toxic Metals Like Lead And Cadmium
85% of Optavia product samples tested positive for toxins like lead and cadmium.
Optavia product samples, on average, contain more lead than over 100 top selling protein powders (based on 2018 data released by the clean label project).
Optavia product samples, on average, contain more lead than all 283 foods tested for lead by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Of the samples that contain lead, all (100%) exceed California's Prop 65 maximum allowable daily limit for lead just by ingesting 1 serving of the product.
Consumers on Optavia's flagship 5 and 1 plan must ingest 5 servings daily and, on average, may be consuming more than 10 times the Prop 65 daily limit for lead.
Despite Optavia products clearly exceeding Prop 65 lead limits, Optavia does not provide the required consumer warnings on its product labels and website.
This is not the first time Optavia, also known as Medifast, has had products containing lead (lab analyses from 2008 determined that Medifast products contained lead).
Medifast sued its critics in 2010 and successfully had the above mentioned analytical reports removed from the website where they had been posted.
There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe and excess lead exposure can cause a number of health complications including anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs (WHO).