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 itâ€”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 attitudeâ€”we get it, she’s selling premixed cocktails, not running a cafeâ€”but cancer? We’d rather go buy the limes and tequilaâ€”she’s not selling them, but real farmers areâ€”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).