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Dieters overcharged for health foods and weight loss supplements by up to 6 times on the high street

Mirror logo Mirror 09/01/2018 Nada Farhoud

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited a pile of fries © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Dieters are being overcharged for health foods and weight loss supplements by up to six times.

A Daily Mirror probe found how shoppers are routinely being overcharged at health stores for items such as pulses, nuts and vitamins - as well as slimming products.

But the same products can be picked up in supermarkets or online for a fraction of the cost.

Healthcare retailer Holland and Barrett is one of the worst offenders, adding nearly £20 on to the retail price of some items. The chain sells a box of Bootea 28 detox tea for £37.99. On Bootea’s own website, the same size packet was just £18.49.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Boots sells a tub of 90 Vitamin D complex capsules for £4.99. But the exact same vitamin costs just 79 pence at Lidl for the same quantity - six times cheaper.

Diet products can also prove far pricer. A seven day Celebrity Slim Programme starter pack costs £29.99 when bought directly through the site. But it £10 cheaper at Boots.

Some of the world’s most glamorous stars swear by apple cider vinegar, claiming it can do everything from reducing the appetite to boosting the immune system.

Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston, 48, model Miranda Kerr, 34, and singer Katy Perry, 33, are also fans of the rather unusual pick-me-up.

While Holland and Barrett charge £6.99 for a 473ml bottle of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother, we found it £2 cheaper on Bovea.net

a bowl of food: Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Holland & Barrett said “We always aim to be as competitive as possible by constantly checking prices and offering regular promotions.

“Unlike many other retailers, our customers also benefit from our store associates being trained to A Level standard in nutrition, meaning if they can’t answer a nutrition question we offer customers 20 per cent off the price of their shop.”

Helen Dewdney, founder of thecomplainingcow.co.uk, said: “ At this time of year when people are looking to detox and get healthy, it is a shame some stores are looking to seriously profit out of them.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited a close up of a sign © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited “These findings highlight the need to shop around.”

A spokesman for Boots said: “We are committed to offering great value healthcare products and advice to our customers.”

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