Bethenny Frankel Will Get You Drunk, Skinny And Might Even Give You Cancer

First, Bethenny Frankel‘s Skinnygirl cocktails got pulled from Whole Foods’ grocery stores for unclear ingredient labeling. Now it’s been revealed that it contains sodium benzoate, a preservative that’s been shown to cause cancer when combined with certain ingredients, like vitamin C. But Frankel doesn’t seem to be sweating it—she’s not afraid of losing out on placement at Whole Foods, apparently, and she’s also not too worried about the sketchy ingredients, according to a recent statement:

I’m not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product.

We can appreciate her shameless attitude—we get it, she’s selling premixed cocktails, not running a cafe—but cancer? We’d rather go buy the limes and tequila—she’s not selling them, but real farmers are—and mix the cocktails ourselves. And if needs be, we’ll even take our chances with mixers that could make us fat, because last time we checked, cancer is just no fun (even if you’re skinny).


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    • Grace Gregory

      Sodium benzoate does not cause cancer .. it is the byproduct of sodium benzoate combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin c), called benzene, which is a carcinogenic.

      There’s more information in this article:

    • Briana Rognlin

      Hi Grace, thanks for the link. The information is also stated above in the post. And even though her skinnygirl mix doesn’t list its ingredients, I would assume that a margarita mix should have lime or some kind of citrus in it. Either way, I still don’t think it’s worth the risk!

    • Grace Gregory

      Thanks for your reply! I actually don’t see benzene mentioned in your article, which is the reason I originally mentioned it. Frankel herself has said the Skinnygirl margarita contains lime juice. It’s weird they don’t list the ingredients .. that’s enough alone to make me not buy something!

      Thanks again!