This is humiliating.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, Plezi, the health drink which is former First Lady Michelle Obama’s brand, does not even meet the health standards established during the Obama administration.
After consulting with 12 independent health professionals and organizations, the news organization discovered that the recently launched flavors of Plezi, the health drink by former First Lady Michelle Obama, do not meet the criteria necessary to be served in elementary and middle schools.
The article states that according to the Obama-era school-meal regulations, which are presently being reviewed, elementary and middle schools in the United States are only allowed to serve water, milk, or 100% fruit or vegetable juice without any additional sweeteners. It further notes that Plezi’s four current flavors fail to meet these specific criteria. Additionally, the regulations do allow schools to dilute juices with water if needed.
Health experts raised concerns regarding the presence of “non-nutritive sweeteners” in Plezi, such as stevia leaf and monk-fruit extracts, which they considered potentially unhealthy. The World Health Organization had recently published a report advising against the use of sweeteners like stevia for weight management purposes. These concerns suggest that the inclusion of such sweeteners in the drink may not align with recommended health guidelines.
Nutrition experts expressed greater criticism toward the former first lady for pushing a brand that could potentially be a less healthy choice. Their concerns highlight the discrepancy between the promotion of Plezi as a health drink and the evaluation by experts suggesting that it may not meet the standards of a genuinely healthy option.
Bloomberg reported that Jerold Mande, a nutrition professor, expressed his opinion that Michelle Obama had been misguided by her advisors in launching a product like Plezi, which targeted 6- to 12-year-olds with a highly processed beverage. He suggested that the drink might not offer any significant health benefits compared to diet soda, implying that it may not be a wise choice for the target demographic.