If I told you there was a yoghurt bar selling fresh “immune booster” juices that allegedly help with “fighting coronavirus”, where do you think it would be? If you guessed Byron Bay, you would be correct.
The Sweet Byron Self Service Frozen Yoghurt And Juice Bar has been slinging an “immune booster” juice that contains orange, lemon, ginger, carrot and turmeric.
The juice has quickly caused a stir online, not due to the fact that you need to consume an absolute fuck tonne (official unit of measurement, trust me) of turmeric to see any real benefits, or the fact that they’re charing $6.90 for a SMALL.
Nope, it has raised eyebrows for appearing to claim that the juice could help to fight coronavirus, which is just a *very* Byron Bay energy.
It’s worth noting that the owner of the juice bar Yonit Oakley clarified to the Daily Mail Australia that they’re not suggesting it’s a cure or vaccine for coronavirus. But its clear to see how their signage could be interpreted that way.
“We are by no means trying to say that this will stop people from getting coronavirus but we are working on the logic if the body has a strong immune system it will be able to fight the virus better,” she said.
“We created a juice that is full of vitamin C and antioxidants firstly because it boosts our immune system and also because I think when we feel we are doing something for ourselves it automatically reduces our stress and anxiety levels.”
Now, I’m not debating that this juice is healthy and good for you. All it takes is a quick squiz at the ingredients to see that it’s got vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients coming out the wazoo, but the amount of nutrients you’re consuming from a small cup of juice (that’s presumably mostly made up of orange and carrot) isn’t going to have any major impact on your health and it’s absolutely not going to cure coronavirus.
However, it is unclear if the poster, which read “immune booster: fighting coronavirus one juice at a time,” is still being displayed.
The news comes after Lorna Jane and Pete Evans were both slapped with hefty fines from the Therapeutic Goods Administration for claiming that certain products could protect customers from coronavirus.
You’d think it goes without saying at this point, but please don’t waste your money on anything that claims to protect you from coronavirus. Buy yourself a mask, some hand sanitiser and wash your damn hands.