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Skinny Water
image Jana Skinny Water is drinking water that's being marketed as a diet aid. Drink a bottle of it 30 minutes before a meal and it supposedly suppresses your appetite and blocks the absorption of carbohydrates. What made me dubious about this claim when I first came across their website is that I thought any water (including tap water) would do the same. However, when I looked up some of the research they cited, it appears that this stuff really does contain a special chemical, Hydroxycitric acid or HCA, that according to a Georgetown University Study is "derived from the fruit rinds of Garcinia cambogia, which exhibits a distinctive sour taste and has been used for culinary purposes in Southern Asia for centuries to make meals more 'filling'." So they've added some kind of herbal extract to the water, which is therefore supposed to justify the $2 a bottle price. So maybe this stuff works as advertised. I'd have to try it to be sure. But nevertheless, even if it does work, their website contains some puzzling contradictions. On one page they claim that:

Jana Skinny Water is made with a specially processed natural artesian water with a hint of fresh lemon (patent pending).

But then on another page they write that:

The essence of Jana Skinny Water's pureness lies in the fact that nothing comes between you and Jana... Bottled at the source, Jana natural artesian water is not altered or processed in any way.

So which is it? Specially processed or not?
Posted by Alex on Sat Aug 13, 2005
Comments (18)
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Wikipedia seems to backup the Garcinia effects of it, at least:
Posted by Chris B  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  06:07 PM
maybe they pour lemons in the springs
Posted by RAMONESxMANIA  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  06:38 PM
No, they don't alter the WATER in any way. The lemon or whatever it is is separate. No, I don't mean that seriously, but can't you imagine them giving that "explanation?"
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  01:53 AM
Cambogia looks to me to have "bogus" is in it
Posted by Beasjt  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  09:35 AM
I don't think hunger supressents help many folks with weight loss. Most people who gain weight don't do it through just eating when they're hungry, but by snacking when they're not.
Posted by Reynard Muldrake  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  02:48 PM
Maybe this magical water is filtered through LifeWave patches.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  05:33 PM
don't forget that water is also a CHEMICAL, so when you discuss additives, please use the term "other substances", not just a special chemical. Water itself is a pretty special chemical when you consider it is the universal solvent.
Posted by chem lady  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  07:09 PM
Sounds a bit like Dasani.......
Posted by aw  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  06:46 AM
IF this works, the whole beauty industry will cripple ... And i think this water is processed, as its being bottled and sealed up.
Posted by skillless  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  06:59 AM
I am thinking perhaps you peoples should try Raoul's Seltzer Water of Love...It has the water, some quinine (so you don't get the malaria), a little crushed Viagra, some yohimbe bark extract, and a touch of cyclamates for sweetness... I drink it all the day, and I go all night... that is the joke, if you don't get it. I cannot help you no more, okay? Rrrraoul
Posted by Raoul  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  08:47 AM
Drink a large bottle of plain water right before mealtime, and you'll eat less-- you won't have as much room left in your tummy.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  04:40 PM
Raoul, Viagra is fine for you men, but but what about us poor women?

Besides, I didn't think a sexy and virile man like you would be needing any Viagra to aid you....
Posted by Winona  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  06:23 PM
I am too sorry, did I type the word "Viagra"? I meant "Niagra", the spray starch...Raoul, needing the Viagra...that is too funny, you know? I do need the Niagra, though, be cause all my clothes get wrinkly, and you know why...Don't get me started, okay? Rrrraoul
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Aug 17, 2005  at  11:01 AM
Rrrrraoul, drop on by, I know a trick or two to help work out those, wrinkles.

Posted by Winona  on  Sat Aug 20, 2005  at  12:14 AM
Ive looked up this "Skinny Water" and found a lot of people saying that it tastes bad, and doesnt work. Then I came across this website

Do you think JANA owns sites like this to make advertising money off the hype? Ive havent tried the product yet, but with reviews like Im reading, I dont think its even worth my time.
Posted by Concerned Consumer  on  Fri Jun 23, 2006  at  08:23 AM
Ha Ha Ha...that is too funny...what a SCAM! They don
Posted by crogirl  on  Sat Oct 14, 2006  at  05:35 PM
When I saw Skinny Water at target, I was skeptical and decided to research it myself. I must admit, I am a natural skeptic. I saw a lot of bad press about the water, which dates to about a year or so ago. I listened to the opinions, but decided to try it anyways. They couldn't be even more wrong! Both flavors taste great, and they actually work! Yes, I've drank plain water with a tad bit of lemon juice -and it works as well, but for only 45 mins with me. But when I tried the Skinny Water, I wasn't hungery for 4 hours on average. This can't be the same exact product as all the nasty reviews indicates. Most of the comments in blogs are on average from a year ago. I am sure that this is a re-formulation, and have noticed that Jana isn't the company pushing the water. I checked out their website at, and don't see all of the conflicting information on it. I for one wil tell others about this product, because it DOES work and it tastes great. Just because the product has a stupid name, doesn't mean that that the product is a sham.
Posted by Rosalie Winston  on  Mon Jun 25, 2007  at  03:35 PM
Nicotine works the same way for me...2 smokes before I eat and less appitite.
Posted by kt  on  Tue Mar 22, 2011  at  09:57 AM
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