What Are Some of the Side Effects of Sensa?


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Side effects of Sensa include stomach aches, headaches, nausea, constipation and heartburn, according to The Doctor Oz Show's Blog. Sensa's ingredient list includes maltodextrin, carmine, tricalcium phosphate and various natural flavors.

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Sensa consists of a series of shakers of "tastant" crystals; users shake the tastants onto meals. Sensa's creator, Dr. Alan Hirsch, claims that its ability to affect a dieter's sense of smell allows that individual to consume less food. Sensa claims to make diners feel satiated more quickly by tricking the brain into thinking the person is full, allowing the person to consume less food. The ingredients in Sensa are generally accepted as safe food additives, according to the Doctor Oz Show's Blog.

Carmine, a food dye made from dried insects, causes allergic reactions in some people, according to WebMD; a very small percentage of consumers experience dangerous adverse reactions, including anaphylactic shock. Food producers may use carmine either solely or in combination with other food color additives, as long as its presence is on the product's ingredient list.

Weight loss is not a side effect of Sensa. In 2014 the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Sensa misrepresented its claims of scientifically proven effectiveness as a weight-loss product, says an FTC press release. The FTC went on to mail Sensa's customers refund checks due to the company's dubious science and misleading advertising and business practices.

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