The Truth About Sensa

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Sensa isn't a diet. It's a product that you sprinkle on your food that promises to help you feel full and lose weight.

Sensa ads have been misleading, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which took action against Sensa's marketers. In January 2014, Sensa agreed to pay $26.5 million to settle the FTC's charges.

Sensa is still selling its products. "Sensa's safety is not an issue," the company's web site states.

Sensa notes that it "has agreed to make changes to its advertising claims" and hasn't admitted any wrongful conduct.

What Is Sensa?

Sensa sprinkles are food flakes made from maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica, and flavors. You sprinkle them on food as you would salt or sugar.

Savory flavors include cheddar cheese, onion, horseradish, ranch dressing, taco, and Parmesan cheese. Sweet flavors are cocoa, spearmint, banana strawberry, raspberry, and malt.

The products are calorie-free, sugar-free, and sodium-free.

Does Sensa Work?

The FTC has criticized the research Sensa's makers provided about the product.

Sensa's web site says the company isn't able to comment on any new study results yet.

Sensa Refund

The FTC will use money from Sensa's settlement to provide refunds to consumers who bought Sensa. For more information, call 202-326-2784.

WebMD Expert Column Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on April 03, 2014

Sources

SOURCES:

News release, Federal Trade Commission.

Federal Trade Commission v. Sensa Products, LLC.

Sensa: "Frequently Asked Questions: FTC Announcement."

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