Healthy Living

20 Biggest Health Scandals in Recent History

11. Herbal supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target may have a few false ingredients

Do you take a bunch of supplements in the morning? Do you think they make you feel thinner, faster, or stronger? Well, they might, but don't believe that it's necessarily because of the ingredients the companies claim are inside. This is especially true of supplements purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and GNC.

Even the ingredients that are front and center on the label of certain supplements are not present. For example, in GNC's Herbal Plus brand, the Gingko Biloba contains no gingko biloba, the St. John's Wort contains no St. John's Wort, the Ginseng contains no ginseng, and the Echinacea contains no Echinacea. Target's Up & Up Brand's Gingko Biloba, St. John's Wort, and Valerian Root do not contain those respective ingredients either. At Walgreens, the Finest Nutrition brand's gingko biloba contains no gingko biloba, and the same goes for their St. John's Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, and more.

The New York Times reported, "contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers."