Thursday, February 13, 2014

Are You Ready for "Sport Recovery Beer"? (Sadly Not The Onion)

No, this is not The Onion. It's "Lean Machine Sport Recovery Beer", and if this product ever makes it to shelves in Canada it will demonstrate well and truly that Health Canada doesn't give a flying you-know-what about what's being marketed and sold to consumers.

This seems smart.
So what is a "sport recovery beer"? It's beer. Beer advertised as healthful. Beer with marketing that suggests it will help you with your "muscle recovery", provide you with "electrolyte replenishment" and "Anti-Oxidants", and support your, "Immune system", and in so doing, "allow your body to recover quicker and more fully".

As far who Lean Machine feels is their target market, try this on for size straight from their website,
"Lean Machine will be known as a 'FIT BEER' and it will be marketed primarily to the Young Adults, 19-32 years of age. This age group represents the largest consumer of ready to drink beverages. Consumer research has indicated that this target group has a strong desire to purchase and consume quality tasting ready to drink beverages, and if available, they will switch from their current brands."
And while I too long for health food beer (and cancer fighting chicken wings, and blood pressure lowering potato chips), I desperately hope that Health Canada, and frankly governments the world over, will ensure that all of the money spent on developing and branding this beer is poured right down the proverbial drain and ban its sale long before it ever starts actively preying on our teens.

[And if you prefer research to greedy, immoral, marketing BS and you're considering this beer you ought to also consider the results of this recent study that found post-exercise alcohol impairs muscle recovery and adaptation - h/t Kevin Tipton]

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  1. Anonymous2:07 pm

    Wow: in light of the final paragraph concerning the deleterious effects of alcohol post workout, perhaps Lean Machine should recommend that their customers drink it prior to exercising...........I doubt if there would be any problems with that, surely?

    In my advanced middle age (55) I am now so sceptical of any and every claim made by anyone in government, media, advertising, etc. that I'm sure those around me are convinced that I'm completely paranoid. Not so: just knowledgeable, due to the research necessary for my job as a university teacher, coupled with the fact that I pay attention to what is going on in the world around me. Posts like this only pour fuel on the fire of my burning conviction that the sky, indeed, is falling. Keep up the good work, Yoni!

  2. You may not have seen the checkout as its Australian but you may fnd this amusing on superfoods!

    1. Great clip! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous4:10 pm

    Shucks Yoni, I think this is exactly right for those playing the position of quarterback - Monday Morning Quarterback, that is. It's a tough job, needs a special brew.