The original Chocolate Banana diet pills have been around for a few years, now there is a new and enhanced formula; we dig deeper to find out how effective they really are.
Chocolate Banana Pros
- Good looking bottles
Chocolate Banana Cons
- Lack of ingredient profile
- Lack of money-back guarantee
- Lack of clinical studies
- Few consumer testimonials
- Lack of information full stop!
Chocolate Banana Review
Chocolate Banana Facts
- New and improved version of Chocolate Banana Original
- Owned by Chocolate Banana Ltd in the UK since 2008
- Despite the name, contains NO banana or NO chocolate!
- Recently re-branded and now includes a range of supplements
Now to clear up a question you may have immediately, if you are expecting chocolate, or at least the taste, in these diet pills then you will be disappointed! There is unfortunately no chocolate and no banana in this diet pill despite the name. The name has been chosen clearly for clever marketing!
The range of Chocolate Banana slimming tablets is owned by Chocolate Banana UK Ltd who are based in the UK, Nottinghamshire and appear to have been trading from 2008/2009. We could find no reports of consumer scams or rip offs online by consumers for either the product or the company.
The Chocolate Banana Original tablets have been around for a number of years now and can still be found available online on the official site along with other retailers, but mostly sold in hair salons in the UK.
There is an official website has recently been updated and now stocks a new range of the Chocolate Banana slimming tablets. We could only find a few other retailers stocking these diet pills, including an Amazon store set up by Chocolate Banana. Reassuringly the official website has a 0844 phone number, contact form and email address for you to contact them.
Interestingly, we found this claim on the official website saying…
Chocolate Banana slimming pills are the UK’s number one slimming product
We could only find one official stockist of these diet pills and very few consumers talking about it, so we would certainly question this claim!
Recently the products have had a face lift and introduced a number of variations to the range. Now you can choose between Chocolate Banana Original, Chocolate Banana Ultra, Chocolate Banana Thermite, Chocolate Banana Thermite+ and Chocolate Banana Special Edition. Each containing variations in the ingredients but are all available in bottle sizes of 8, 30 or 60 tablets.
Chocolate Banana Warnings:
- No real evidence that it works!
- Lack of information about the product from manufacturer
- Few consumer testimonials and NO money-back guarantee
What Does Chocolate Banana Claim To Do?
Chocolate Banana claims to be a highly recommended fat loss product that can boost your metabolism, lower food cravings and give you more energy.
Very much marketed as a triple action diet pill, they go on to make claims about the strength of the ingredients used…
The revolutionary ingredient which has been used for 1000’s of years in Brazil combines the appetite suppressing powder associated with Hoodia with a boost to your energy levels to help to keep you energised throughout your busy day
Now considering Hoodia Gordonii is banned in the UK/EU, we are keen to see just what is inside these “revolutionary” tablets!
So What Is Chocolate Banana and What Are The Ingredients For Chocolate Banana?
This is a good question indeed! There is VERY little information as to what and how this product works.
What information we do have suggests it is both a fat burner and appetite suppressant diet pill that also boosts energy levels.
The Original Chocolate Banana tables contained the main ingredient of Sida Cordifolia with Gurana and White Willow Bark. The new formula has stopped including both these ingredients Sida Cordifolia and White Willow Bark.
The official website and the bottle do not reveal the exact ingredient amounts. We were only able to find out ANY of the ingredients by researching online, with some help from the Netmums forum, as the official website fails to reveal what they are!
Here are the ingredients for the new Chocolate Banana slimming tablets:
- Cha-De-Burge: Very popular plant indigenous to Brazil long been used by native people in traditional medicine. Have been also used for years as a replacement for coffee as it produces a red fruit similar to coffee bean and why it’s been called “cafe do mato” or “coffee of the woods.” A popular weight loss that has been suggested to decrease appetite, but there is little or no scientific evidence to support this.
Source: About Cha De Burge on WebMD
- Naringin: Grapefruit extract and is a good source of antioxidant and may prevent free radical damage. Suggested to prolong and increase the effects of caffeine when taken together.
- Caffeine: Common ingredient in many diet pills as it can boost alertness and suggested to increase metabolism. It is not known how much caffeine is present in this product!
So What Does All This Mean?
This is a product that gives very little away.
We have a diet pill that we don’t really know what’s in it and have no information has to the mechanism for how it’s supposed to work!
No references to any studies are even attempted to reassure consumers that it works.
Are you confident buying a diet pill when you don’t know what’s in it and how it should work?
Does Chocolate Banana Have Any Side Effects?
The manufacturer warns that insomnia is a possible side effect due to the increased energy levels, most likely caused by the stimulatory effects of the ingredients used.
This claims to be a strong product and not suitable for everyone!
Caution: You are advised to drink more water when taking this supplement, at least an additional 2 litres (around 8 glasses) per day.
Warning: Do not use if you are pregnant, a nursing mother or have a history of heart disease, angina, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, recurrent headaches, bleeding disorder, depression or other psychiatric condition or glaucoma.
Any Chocolate Banana Reviews From Customers?
There are somewhat mixed consumer reviews available online.
At the time of writing only 12 reviews were available on Amazon, giving an average rating of 2.7 out of 5 (see below).
One consumer reported after a few weeks of taking them..
they do give you loads of energy, probably because they contain lots of caffeine! However they did make me feel a bit weird, like I was on illegal drugs! Felt paranoid, thought my work colleague might think I was taking drugs. I didn’t really enjoy the feeling. I kept taking them for about 2 weeks, they do surpress your hunger loads, I was hardly ever hungry for lunch, however by the evening when they wore off I was starving hungry (hungrier than usual) I didn’t lose any weight in the 2 weeks I took them. I decided to stop taking them because of how they made me feel.
In contrast, one consumer did have success reporting…
I first used these pills when losing weight for my wedding & managed a loss of approx 1.5 stone in eight weeks but this was with a strict diet & exercise. Calorie intake should be no more than 1200 calories a day, downside is they can make you a bit jangly late afternoon. Drink plenty of water, exercise is a must. I used them again this week and so far have lost 5lbs.
What do Netmum member’s think?
We found an interesting thread posted by a member on Netmums about Chocolate Banana slimming pills that triggered a reply from the owner of the product:
It reports the side effects suffered by a couple of consumers and what one consumer’s local GP thought of the product!
So Does Chocolate Banana Work?
There are no clinical studies referenced to backup the claims made about this product. So based on the information we have about this product we doubt there is significant weight loss.
What About a Guarantee?
We could find no money-back guarantee available for this product.
Where Can I Buy Chocolate Banana?
The tablets are reasonably priced and you can buy 2 bottles of 60 tablets of Chocolate Banana for £43 ($69) enough for 4-6 weeks supply and get one bottle of 8 tablets for free. Smaller bottles are available in 30 and 60 tablet sizes too, costing £12 ($16) and £21.50 ($31) respectively.
We found it frustrating that before ordering you are required to login or to complete a “new customer” account. This is compulsory before purchase even before seeing your shopping cart, so you don’t know the full cost of ordering!
When we first looked at Chocolate Banana Original there was little information about them. Since they have re-branded it seems this hasn’t changed! The bottles look great but there is still so little information about this product it is impossible to examine them in any depth!
The diet pill market is so competitive these days and good quality products stand out from the crowd by providing clear and full ingredient profile, clinical studies that support any weight loss claims, manufacturer contact information and full money-back guarantee.
Chocolate Banana falls short on every one of our criteria!
Lastly, buying this product the consumer is relying on the good faith of the manufacturer that Chocolate Banana diet pills work.
For these reasons we have no choice but to reject Chocolate Banana slimming tablets!
Review Updated 11/01/2013: A new Chocolate Slimming product range has been released since we completed our original review. We have taken a new look at the product and amended any information to reflect any changes in the product.