The first time you buy a slim can, you’re likely to be surprised by what you see.
Slim cans are so compact that they can fit into a small pocket and are often used in vending machines, food service and even in a few cosmetics and beauty products.
But what’s inside?
A slim can contains a variety of ingredients including herbs and spices, vitamins, minerals and vitamins A, B and C, which can help prevent and treat diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s.
There’s also the usual range of natural and synthetic ingredients, including natural and artificial colours, flavouring and sweeteners.
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Most of the ingredients used in a can are listed on the label and the manufacturers make sure to note that the product can be used in different ways.
“A small can is much easier to pack than a large one, so it is more convenient to carry around with you,” says Dr Anna Gagliano, head of pharmacy at the British American Tobacco Company.
If you can’t find a can in your local supermarket, look out on eBay or Amazon.
There are some slim can resellers offering bulk cans, but they will usually charge a premium for this service.
“I think it is an expensive way of doing business for most people,” says the cosmetics and perfume chemist Dr Mary-Lou McLeod.
The most popular slim can brands include Slim can, Slim Tea and Slim Can Koozie.
However, the beauty industry has been using a range of slim can shades for decades.
Some slim can ranges are so small that you can fit them in your pocket and some contain more than 50% of the natural ingredients listed on a can label.
“These are not cheap,” says McLeod, who has also used a range to make herbal beauty products, such as minty mint and ginger.
It’s also worth checking whether the can contains natural or synthetic ingredients such as vitamins A and B, and whether the product is made from real ingredients.
You can also see if there’s a range available at your local chemist, and if so, whether the range is a reputable brand.
In 2018, the UK’s Natural Health Council (UKNHC) published a report on the health effects of using a slimcan range.
“It’s an exciting time for all consumers who want to help protect their health and boost their wellness by switching to a healthy lifestyle,” the report said.