Supplements for weight loss are heavy on claims and light on scientific proof
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If there existed a safe, effective and rigorously tested weight-loss pill that could help slim you down without dangerous side effects, you’d be best off hearing about it from your doctor. But for now, most weight-loss supplements are not evaluated for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their too-good-to-be-true promises come from marketers, whose claims are facing scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission. Diet-supplement claims were also at the center of a recent U.S. Senate hearing, where lawmakers questioned Dr. Mehmet Oz for having called some diet pills a “miracle” and “magic weight-loss cure” despite a lack of validated scientific evidence.