Hydroxycut Sprinkles Review

“An innovative way to lose weight!”

Hydroxycut is branching out its product line with Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Sprinkles. Supposedly these convenient and easy-to-use packets can help you lose weight no matter where you go. Simply shake it on your meals and enjoy!

Hydroxycut products have a history of being overhyped. Consequently, I can’t help but wonder if Hydroxycut Sprinkles is as fantastic as advertisements make it out to be. Can you really lose weight by sprinkling a powder onto your chicken dinner?

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Ingredient Information

When I first Hydroxycut came out with a new sprinkle formula, the first thought that came to mind was “Sensa.”

Sensa is a popular diet supplement that can be sprinkled on to food to trick your brain into feeling fuller for longer periods of time. I assumed by creating a similar appetite-suppressing product, Hydroxycut would be carving itself a slice of Sensa’s sales.

However, when I looked at the label for Hydroxycut Sprinkles, I was surprised to find the same key ingredients found in Pro Clinical Hydroxycut. No appetite suppressants. No caffeine. Just a 155 mg blend of the following:

Lady’s Mantle Extract. Traditionally, lady’s mantle was used to treat painful menstrual periods and menopause symptoms. However, research suggests the tannins in lady’s mantle may treat diarrhea, stomach upset, water retention, and muscle spasms as well.

Wild Olive Leaf Extract. Wild Olive Leaf was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt as a way to prevent sickness. Numerous studies suggest olive leaf extract increases energy and immunity while decreasing blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.

Komijin Extract. This Mediterranean herb offers antibacterial properties and may inhibit blood clotting. It also acts as a diuretic, dyspeptic, and astringent.

Wild Mint Extract. Wild Mint (not to be confused with peppermint) is a flavorful aromatic herb primarily used to treat digestive problems. It may be able to relieve intestinal gas, stomach cramps, and indigestion.

Ever since the FDA issued a warning for Hydroxycut in 2009, Hydroxycut has undergone several product reformulations, primarily centered on caffeine and other stimulants to trigger thermogenesis.

However, I found it interesting that the more recent formulas such as Hydroxycut Max! and Pro Clinical Hydroxycut- Caffeine Free and Hydroxycut Sprinkles shift away from caffeine and focus more on the above four ingredients.

If these new diet formulas sacrifice caffeine, a proven fat burner, to focus on these immunity boosting herbs, then what is it about these ingredients that make them effective for weight loss – if at all?

Let’s take a closer look at the research behind the ingredients. . .

The Research

Pro Clinical Hydroxycut is supposedly backed with “two clinical studies to provide effective weight loss results.” Oddly enough, the manufacturers at Hydroxycut.com provide the results of the studies, without providing references to the original source.

According to the website: “The clinically tested key ingredient combination (lady’s mantle extract, wild olive extract, komijn extract and wild mint extract) is proven effective in two separate studies to provide powerful weight loss versus dieting alone. In fact, average weight loss with key ingredients was 20.94 lbs. vs. 1.70 lbs. with placebo in one 12-week study, and 16.50 lbs. vs. 1.73 lbs. in one 8-week study. All groups followed a calorie-reduced diet.

“The average BMI reduction with key ingredients was 10.2% vs. 0.9% with placebo in one 12-week study, and 8.1% vs. 0.8% in one 8-week study. All groups followed a calorie-reduced diet.”

This sounds pretty impressive – until you try to find the actual study (. . .it’s nowhere to be found).

Iovate Health Sciences (the company that owns Hydroxycut) has not published the long-term safety or efficacy studies on recent Hydroxycut products.

Consequently, I had to turn elsewhere to see if these ingredients could effectively promote weight loss when used in combination.

The study most similar to the ones referenced by Hydroxycut manufacturers is a 2011 study conducted by Antaki Center for Herbal medicine in Israel. Researchers observed the effects of Weighlevel, a combination of the same four ingredients, on both humans and animals.

Both human and animal trials reported a “progressive and significant weight loss” in subjects who received the Weighlevel combination as opposed to subjects who received a placebo.
Researchers concluded, “Higher levels of weight loss were seen in people with BMI of 25-30 kg m(-2) (overweight) compared to people with BMI >30 kg m(-2) (obese). The BMI was reduced after 3 months from 28.5 ± 1.2 and 32.1 ± 1.8 kg m(-2) to 24.5 ± 1.4 and 27.5 ± 2.2 kg m(-2) in overweight and obese group, respectively. Results indicate safety, tolerability and efficacy of Weighlevel.”[1]

While promising, this is not a Hydroxycut study – sprinkles or otherwise. The exact ingredient concentrations used in the study are undoubtedly different from those found in the Hydroxycut formula. Consequently, the weight loss results will be different.

Side Effects and Safety Concerns

Unlike other Hydroxycut products, Hydroxycut Sprinkles do not contain caffeine, guarana, green tea, or any other stimulating ingredients. This significantly reduces the risk of negative side effects common to Hydroxycut products.

The four ingredients in Hydroxycut Sprinkles are considered safe to use, and a 155 mg concentration is fairly small, so I do not anticipate any negative side effects.

However, without knowing the ingredient concentrations, the only way to be certain if Hydroxycut Sprinkles is safe is to read consumer reviews written by real people rather than paid testimonials from fitness models. Dieters will want to approach this supplement with caution until we know more about what these sprinkles can really do.

How to Use Hydroxycut Sprinkles

“(1) Sprinkle. (2) Enjoy. (3) Lose Weight.”

The front of the box makes Hydroxycut Sprinkles look incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is shake a single packet on to your meal and enjoy your food. The packets are to be taken three times daily, one packet with each of your three main meals.

Manufacturers suggest consuming 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, as well as avoiding snacks between meals and after dinner.

As with any weight loss supplement, your results will be greater if you follow a healthy dieting and exercising program.

How Do They Taste?

According to advertisements, Hydroxycut Sprinkles do not alter the flavor of your food. However, I’m not so ready to believe these claims until I’ve seen more consumer reviews.

Even if it’s true that Hydroxycut Sprinkles has no flavor, it still might add a gritty or unpleasant texture to your meal, or leave behind a bitter aftertaste.

If you’ve tried Hydroxycut Sprinkles please tell us about your experience – do they enhance or detract from your meal?

Is It Affordable?

Currently Hydroxycut Sprinkles is only available at Hydroxycut.com for $24.99 per 1 month supply. However, as the product becomes more popular, I suspect it will be readily available for a much lower price through various online distributors.

Who Makes Hydroxycut Sprinkles?

Hydroxycut Sprinkles is owned and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences, one of the most successful supplement manufacturers in Canada. The company has retailers all over the world, and thousands of consumers turn to Hydroxycut and other Iovate products to help them reach their weight loss goals.

Just because they’re successful, however, doesn’t mean they have a squeaky clean record.

Hydroxycut has had a long and negative history with the FDA and FTC due to false advertising and the use of potentially dangerous ingredients. Early Hydroxycut formulas were linked to cases of liver damage and death. In fact, in 2009 the FDA issued a recall for the vast majority of all Hydroxycut products.

Although the Hydroxycut product line has been reformulated for safety, I don’t entirely trust the manufacturers to provide dieters with the safest, most research ingredients.

Sprinkle or Shelf?

If you’ve already tried Pro Clinical Hydroxycut products and love your results, then Hydroxycut Sprinkles may be a fun new way to lose weight when you’re on the go.

However, Hydroxycut Sprinkles don’t seem like a particularly powerful solution for slimming down. The ingredients don’t have a lot of clinical research to validate their performance, and even if the ingredients are effective, a 155 mg dosage is fairly small to be divided among 4 ingredients.

While Hydroxycut Sprinkles may help you lose weight, I doubt the results will be as miraculous as advertisements would have you believe.


[1] Said O, et al. “Weight loss in animals and humans treated with “weighlevel”, a combination of four medicinal plants used in traditional arabic and islamic medicine.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine. 2011;2011:874538. Epub 2011 Jun 16. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18952688

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  1. Comment

    I dont know what you people are talking about when it comes to affecting the taste of your food. You must be eating some really bland stuff to be able to taste the ‘sprinkles’. I have been using it this since the 14th and so far so good. Yes I am in the bathroom more but considering how I used to go i’m not going to complain. Yes if you put to much one a 1/2 cup of potatoes you will taste it. But you just need to spread it around more evenly between what your eating for that meal. Loss of sleep? no least not that i can say because I have always had a bad sleep schedule.

    Vampire Kitty
    February 19, 2014 at 7:29 am
  2. Comment

    I started taking it this week, it does seem to take your appetite away. but the taste is nasty,and does sometimes change the taste of your food depending on what you put it on, butit doesn’t taste gritty

    September 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  3. Comment

    I first looked at Sensa but the cost was ridiculous. If you decide not to try it they send you an obnoxious email. I figured I would try the Hydroxycut sprinkles and so far have no complaints (only three days into it). The contents of the packages differ some. It has a brownish color but if you dust your food widely and kind of stir it in it is not noticeable. My desire for snacks, the millstone around my neck, has lessened greatly.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:43 am
  4. Comment

    I have tried this product for the last five days, and yes, they do turn the food brown. Now I just pour the powder into my palm and drink it down with water at each meal, 3 time a day. I think it tastes like green tea, so I am getting used to it. The jury is still out on whether it really helps reduce weight. I will let you know in a month. I exercise every day, too.

    July 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  5. Comment

    The Hydroxycut Sprinkles package says that they do not alter the taste of your food. I beg to differ. I spent $20.00 on a box of Hydroxycut Sprinkles and have used only 3 of the envelopes. There is a definite change in the taste of the food, no matter what I have put them on….the sprinkles also leave a definite aftertaste, and the color of the sprinkles makes me not want to eat the food they are sprinkled on. I am very disappointed and wish there was a way I could get my money back!!

    July 9, 2013 at 8:45 am
  6. Comment

    I just started trying them. I haven’t tried putting it on top of anything but everything I’ve mixed them in to I haven’t noticed a significant taste change. I don’t know if I’ll see results but It honestly isn’t as bad as everyone is making it out to be in my experience.

    Jared Doerr
    March 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm
  7. Comment

    Turns food brown….GROSS. I started puttung it in my morning coffee. This cuts the appetite a little.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm
  8. Comment

    This stuff is nasty and has side effects , got the poops, heart burn nausea, and vomiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its junk , I want my money back!!!! weight loss my butt!! its the water and not eating in between meals thats is cause of the weight loss not the sprinkles that taste like ground leaves !!! UCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jeanie Stone
    February 20, 2013 at 5:38 am
  9. Comment

    I just started using the sprinkles two days ago. SO far so good I’m down 3 pounds. As long as I mix it in well with my food I don’t seem to taste anything as you are all saying. Add some flavor to your food? Maybe it will help. Good luck to everyone

    February 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm
  10. Comment

    I wish I’d read reviews before wasting money on this vile tasting garbage! Seriously – talk about false advertising!!!!!!! “Doesn’t alter the taste of food”… Pig’s ass it doesn’t! It needs to be recalled! I want my money back and will even take the weight back so I can start again with something that is what it says!

    Sonya Clark
    January 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    • Comment

      pig ass?!
      lol so glad i looked at the reviews first, thanks guys!

      February 14, 2013 at 11:51 pm
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      Your right it taste like ass! I have tried mixing it w hamburger helper which helped a little but just pouring it on ur food is aweful. Maybe If there wasn’t so much in the tiny package it would be tolerable…

      Melissa Masters
      May 9, 2013 at 8:14 am
  11. Comment

    tastes very bad wont buy again ,

    January 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  12. Comment

    Wished I’d read this information before taking a chance on the New sprinkles. I actually liked the price,and noticed that Sensa had so much to offer like dvd wondering why ..since all you do is sprinkle on meals.., and was betting the cost was more than I felt like paying. So now reading the dis tasteful reviews on Hydroxcut sprinkles I am not even going to waste my time to open and try them when I receive them. Just gonna send it right back. And knowing it’s got a history of harm ‘once’ and seeing the actually extracts..are not any big deal. I wish the product well,but this info; was enough to shy me away. Thank you all for sharing.1/21/13

    January 21, 2013 at 1:17 am
  13. Comment

    Does anyone have a strange body odor after taking the sprinkles?

    January 17, 2013 at 3:45 am
  14. Comment

    I just bought these yesterday and the posts above are all correct the sprinkles taste HORRIBLE. Thats what makes you loose weight its because you have ruined your meal by adding these sprinkles. Don’t waste your money!!!

    January 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  15. Comment

    The Hydroxycut sprinkles TASTE horrible, it really detracts from the meal. Is that what they are trying to do, get you to not want to eat? Lol I used SENSA, and that has no taste, but Hydroxycut sprinkles I’m using up, but not buying again.

    January 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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    Zaretha DeBerry
    January 11, 2013 at 6:57 am
  17. Comment

    Absolutely has a taste. Even when I mixed after sprinkling, I could still taste it. Kinda of a bitter herb taste.

    January 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm
  18. Comment

    I just started using them do I’m not sure how well they work but I can assure you of one thing, they are NOT tasteless. They taste awful. They absolutely add flavor to foods and its not good. I guess that’s how the weight loss works. They make everything taste so bad you don’t want to eat it.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  19. Comment

    I just bought it yesterday December 29 2012 and have used it twice once at dinner and breakfast today. I went to bed last night and found it slightly hard to actually go to sleep I had the tired feeling but laying there my arms and feet felt a bit like that had to keep moving if left still they felt tingly almost. I did eventually go to sleep and slept well. From about 9 to 4 am. And they taste horrible like a ground up pill no horrible texture just a nasty nasty taste I recommend not putting on your entire meal so that you may enjoy it! I’m using this diet aid along with diet an exercise and will continue posting results! 136 lbs 5’6!

    Miss piggy
    December 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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      Just curious if the tingling feeling on your hand and feet continued..and/or any other side effects you’ve noticed?

      January 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

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