Real Housewives' Toxic Margarita Pulled from Whole Foods
Bethenny Frankel, "diet guru" and former "star" of "reality" show The Real Housewives of New York City, doesn't care that her "all natural" Skinnygirl Margarita contains potentially carcinogenic ingredients, which caused Whole Foods to pull the "drink" from its stores.
The ingredient in question is sodium benzoate, a preservative that can become carcinogenic when mixed with vitamin C, reports the New York Post. There are no ingredients listed on the bottle, a Whole Foods employee tells Huffington Post:
"Bethenny has been promoting the drink on and off-camera for years [as] full of 'natural flavors, lightly sweetened with agave nectar and made with premium Blue Agave clear tequila,' but that's about all we know about its ingredients."
Frankel, who recently sold her cocktail empire for a reported $120 million, remains unrepentant. She tells Access Hollywood, "We are, in fact, the fastest growing spirits brand in the US. We were bound to piss someone off and everyone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event. I haven't lost even a wink of sleep."
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