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Kim Kardashian slammed for promoting 'appetite-crushing lollipops

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is receiving backlash online for promoting an appetite suppressant on her Instagram account.

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The sponsored post, which has since been deleted, advertised Flat Tummy Co.'s appetite suppressant lollipops, which the 37-year-old called "literally unreal."

In response to the post, "The Good Place" actress Jameela Jamil shared screenshots of West, calling her a "terrible and toxic influence on young girls."

She wasn't the only one to criticize the promotional post.

The 35-calorie lollipops contain "a clinically proven safe active ingredient extracted from natural plants" known as Satiereal, according to Flat Tummy Co. Satiereal's website states the ingredient is derived from the Crocus Sativus plant and is a patented saffron extract.

“There is some evidence that the active ingredient, Satiereal, may help to curb cravings,” Katherine Brooking, co-founder of nutrition website Appetite for Health told Women's Health. She added that the lollipops, when taken directed by overall healthy people, aren't necessarily harmful.

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But Beth Warren, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition said she's "always strongly hesitant to recommend supplements of this kind which do not have credible evidence to support its effects, where side effects or interactions with various medical conditions and medications aren’t clearly identified and publicized."

According to Women's Health, supplements aren't closely monitored and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so there's no surefire way of knowing how safe they really are in the long run.

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Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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