Is Athletic Greens Worth It? A Scam or Legit?

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Is AG1 (Athletic Greens) A Scam?!’ by James Smith

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This review criticizes Athletic Greens AG1, questioning its effectiveness, expensive price, and low ingredient dosages, discussing placebo effect and marketing influence, speculating on financial benefits, and urging real food consumption over supplements.

Key Insights

  • This transcript reviews Athletic Greens AG1, a popular nutritional supplement.
  • The reviewer mentions that many influencers and podcasts are promoting the product.
  • The price of Athletic Greens AG1 is discussed and criticized for being expensive.
  • The effectiveness of the supplement compared to consuming fruits and vegetables is questioned.
  • The ingredients and their proportions in the product are examined, suggesting that some may have very little dosages.
  • The placebo effect and the influence of marketing strategies on positive reviews are discussed.
  • The reviewer speculates on the financial benefits for those promoting the product.
  • The Forbes article mentioned is criticized for being sponsored, potentially influencing its positive view.
  • The reviewer urges viewers to prioritize real food like fruits and vegetables over supplements.
  • The high cost of the product is attributed to marketing expenses and potential pyramid scheme-like tactics.
  • The video concludes with a discount code advocating for the consumption of fruits and vegetables instead.

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If you’re anything like me, you probably fall asleep at night listening to Joe Rogan and then BAM! This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Every single influencer and every single big podcast is talking about Athletic Greens. So I decided to take it upon myself to figure out whether or not this AG1 is worth the hype.

So what even is Athletic Greens? Sponsors Athletic Greens. Athletic Greens AG1. Well, according to their advert, it’s this. AG1 by Athletic Greens brings 75 vitamins, minerals, whole food sourced ingredients, probiotics, and adaptogens together in one place. It might just be the most comprehensive and convenient nutritional regimen on the planet.

Now straight out of the box, there are two things that are gonna be different about this review compared to others. The first one, I’ve never even tried it. And the second thing, this is definitely not sponsored. Across social media, I’ve got over 4 million followers and I’ve never done an endorsement or a paid post. So I have zero financial incentive to chat shite about anything.

Now, as far as reviews, I went across YouTube and the majority of them seemed pretty positive. It actually looked like the majority of influencers were arse-licking the brand. However, then I decided to look underground across Reddit forums and the reviews were not so positive.

The first thing we need to talk about is the price. I do not mind spending money when it comes to making content, but this was $99 US dollars. It was £90 quid. It was $180 Australian dollars for this tiny little pouch. What, and is that little water bottle supposed to make me feel better about it? Do you want to know why I think some of the reviews are so positive on YouTube? I think a lot of people bought this and the second they got it out the box, they went, “My, my, I’ve just spent nearly a hundred pounds on a pouch of green powder.” So they go find a positive review they can watch to make themselves feel warm and fuzzy about it.

Inside of the box says you’re gonna need a smaller cabinet. Oh, you’re gonna need a bigger bank account. £90, $100 US dollars. What’s in it? For that kind of money, you would hope there’s cocaine in it. I’m just not sure how you could justify £90 a month on this.

Before we get into the purported benefits, and I said the purported benefits, we need to appreciate that this is more expensive than most Swiss gym memberships. You get a gym membership with a hot tub. My online personal training platform is half the price of this pouch of powder a month. You can nearly get a car and finance a month instead of this.

When I open the box, I expected there to be like a something bigger. I don’t think anyone’s been so devastated about something being so small since the third date. Now I actually know why every bag of this is so expensive and I’m gonna tell you at the end. It’s a truth you might not want to hear, but let’s first of all get into the ingredients.

When we look at the vitamins and minerals that are inside this, we can say that it’s a pretty decent amount and collection of these. But I suspect that not many people are taking this for a multivitamin because they could get a multivitamin for a fraction of the cost.

Now I know probiotics are a big trendy thing and a lot of people want to feel good that they’re doing something for their gut microbiota. And when we look at the research and the data that we do know, we know that prebiotics are better than probiotics, prebiotics being fiber, fruit, and vegetables. So the research seems to really clearly suggest that eating enough fiber, which is again a prebiotic, is a better way to get a healthier gut per se than probiotic. If you really care and want the benefits to your gut, you should be eating more fruits and vegetables, not a probiotic powder.

And one of the biggest issues I see with this is that there are a lot of us out there that do not consume enough fruit and vegetables. So we’re looking for a magical solution around it. So we grab a bag of this. However, the big issue is if you’re gonna drink a glass of this in the morning, you’re gonna go through the day thinking, “I don’t need to eat fruits and vegetables because I had my greens powder.” And this is no way going to be superior to consuming fruits and vegetables. We’re missing the forest for the trees here. If you’re not consuming enough fruits and vegetables for your gut, then consume more fruit and vegetables. The benefits would be better and significantly cheaper.

No doubt that when people start consuming this, they will consume less fruit and vegetables. They will consume less prebiotics for a manufactured and processed probiotic. This is going backwards. So let’s get into what’s actually inside it to really get an idea of exactly what is inside it. You’re better off looking on the website. But even then, you’re gonna find out they’ve got something called a proprietary blend, which you could argue is not giving away exactly what your product is. So your competitors can’t create a carbon copy and price you out the market.

But the reality is, you don’t have to tell the people buying your product how much of each product you put in it. Now, I’m not gonna bore you with a massive science lesson, but some very smart nutritionists on the internet have pointed out the fact that spirulina is the first thing that’s mentioned, and it’s supposed to be in the order of the heaviest compound first. Now, the evidence states that you need about eight grams of spirulina to really get the benefits from it. However, the servings are 12 grams. So if spirulina alone, it’s gonna take up two-thirds of the serving. Well, it doesn’t leave much room for everything else in the blend.

And when you see how many ingredients are in this, let’s say even if there were two grams of each of the first five ingredients, that means the other 20 ingredients are only gonna fill up two grams. You get two dosages. And efficacy, really, the majority of these things in here are just a way to virtue signal how good the product is without the product actually being that good.

And as far as people actually saying that they feel better taking the product, well, placebo. You’re drinking a green juice in the morning that’s supposed to make you feel healthier. You’re probably gonna feel healthier. Not to mention, you probably get to work and see a pastry and you go, “No, not today because I’m taking my very expensive greens juice.” And there’s no point taking a greens juice if I’m gonna get to work and have another pastry. It’s the same reason people can make good progress taking fat strippers, no, not big girls on poles like fat loss pills. It’s not even the stimulants in these pills create fat loss. It’s that when people spend 50 quid on a pot of pills, they’re more inclined to exercise and go to the gym and be active because they want the pills to work that they spent all their money on.

And really, it’s just green tea extract and other rubbish. Now, we can’t talk about Athletic Greens and this we’re gonna talk about the marketing. When Joe Rogan signed to Spotify in 2019, it said he had 190 million downloads a month. So let’s be conservative and say he’s got 200 million. And this isn’t mentioning any of the other podcasts or sponsorships with Andrew Schulz or Andrew Huberman, so let’s say 200 million downloads. And that’s being really conservative.

So let’s imagine that 0.01% of people that listen actually bought the product. And I know what you’re thinking. Not everyone that listened bought it. It was only a matter of time until I bought it from being woken up in the middle of the night. This podcast is sponsored by Athletic Greens, OG1. I could have had a therapy session for the cost of this.

I’ve heard on the grapevine that the commissions are up to 50 US dollars, not just per purchase, but every purchase they’re on in. So if you end up buying 12 of these a year, one a month, there’s a kickback for that person that got you involved every month until you stop. But on the website, it states $30, but most people never speculate the amount they actually give people

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Is AG1 (Athletic Greens) A Scam?!’ by James Smith