A new supplement called Hoodia is becoming so popular in the Dallas area that natural markets there say they can't keep it in stock. Hoodia is a supplement that comes from a native South African plant that's supposed to suppress the appetite all day long. So, is this latest diet craze a true wonder or a hoax? One thing is certain, it has not been evaluated by the FDA, and many doctors are saying - that's a red flag in itself.
"It is concerning that there are no well-planned studies of the supplement to suggest there are no long term, harmful effects of this agent as well as the fact that it truly works," says Manisha Chandalia an Endocrinologist.
In Dallas, Hoodia sells for about 26 dollars a bottle. We checked around and found it in Lubbock on sale, for $13.99. Remember your doctor should know if you try any supplement like that, because they can interfere with other medications or hinder some procedures.