Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:58 am

Wondernuts are a popular weightloss product with users claiming to have lost as much as 10kg in 30 days

While wondernut might seem like a miracle nut to people desperate to lose weight, the nuts are highly toxic to humans and can cause illness and even death. 

What are Wondernuts?

Wondernuts or Indian walnuts are a wild nut that resembles a peach or apricot seed. 

The Wondernut is consumed in segments with water to lose weight, however, the nut has some disturbing side effects. 

Marketed as an organic and non-toxic weight loss solution, it has been outlawed in many countries because of its side effects. 

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In November 2017, South Africa’s then  Medicines Control Council issued a strong warning that the nuts were highly toxic and should not be consumed under any circumstances, however, the nuts are still freely sold online and in herbal medicine stores. 

South African woman ‘was a wreck’ after taking Wondernuts

According to CAMcheck, a south African website created to sift through fake news and scams, a woman taking medication to control her bipolar disorder suffered a breakdown and couldn’t get out of bed for 10 days after taking wondernut. 

Although the woman had been receiving effective medication for her mental illness, her family say Wondernut put her in a depressive state and left her physically ill. 

The site also claims that dieters who have taken Wondernut have needed dialysis ad experienced severe stomach pain because of the nuts toxicity.

Wondernuts can be deadly

Reports of quick and easy weight loss may be tempting however the dark stories of sickness and even death all around the world as a result of taking Wondernuts should be enough to stop most dieters in their tracks. 

An article published in Medical brief says Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil have all banned the use of Wondernuts as a weight loss aid after people suffered severe side effects and even death as a result of taking Wondernuts. The article says the seed or nut can cause skin and eye irritation and may promote the growth of tumours.

Wondernuts are still widely available online with Wondernut pedlers claiming the product is safe and has been available in SA for over 11 years. 

One wondernut claimed that she was a WOndernut success story herself, assuring prospective customers that the nut was safe and effective.


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