Everything from maple syrup diets, to sprinkling charcoal on your food, to wearing silicone bracelets have been endorsed by celebrities. But do these so-called health and energy boosters really carry any weight?
The Sense About Science (SAS) group recently conducted a study  focused on tips that are passed down from the stars, and it wasn’t pretty.
“Many of these claims promote theories, therapies, and campaigns that make no scientific sense,” SAS warned in a statement.
Naomi Campbell, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Beyonce have each shown support for a radical two-week diet regime consisting of maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. “It’s good to clean out your body once in a while,” Campbell disclosed to Oprah Winfrey back in May.
Twitter fanatics Ashton and Demi, who have more followers than they know what to do with, tweeted  about their respective experiences:
aplusk:</b> “hrs (hours) into the master cleanse. I want a steak, a beer, and a blow-pop. Hmmm this is gonna be rough.”</p>
<p><b>mrskutcher: “2nd day better than the 1st!”
Just how many people raced out to their local supermarket after getting the latest from those lovebirds? We are willing to bet at least a few dozen!
Keeping with bizarre health practices, English pop singer-songwriter Sarah Harding told Now magazine that she frequently crumbles charcoal over her food because “it doesn’t taste of anything and apparently absorbs all the bad damaging stuff in the body.”
SAS contacted chemical scientist and writer Dr. John Elmsley to get his take on the matter, and Elmsley explained that the charcoal method is “unnecessary when it comes to diet because the body is already quite capable of removing any ‘bad damaging stuff.’”
And thank goodness for that, right?
SAS also touched on the new trend of sporting hologram-embedded silicone bracelets that allegedly “work with your body’s natural energy field” to improve performance. Kate Middleton and David Beckham are fans, but there’s so much doubt concerning whether the products work or not that the Australian government has debunked the maker’s claims  and forced the company to refund customers.
Bottom line: Take everything the stars say with a grain of salt, and don’t just jump into a diet or the latest fad without doing a little research or checking with your doctor first.
Originally published on BettyConfidential