Getting Skinny With Ayds

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Talk about bad timing. Ayds (pronounced “Aids”) was an appetite suppressant “candy” to aid dieters, introduced in about 1979 the 1970s, about the same time that shortly after this AIDS (also pronounced “Aids”) began to receive national attention. It quietly faded away, but Ayds was a precursor to phen-fen, a diet pill ingredient since banned by the FDA, so Ayds would have eventually gone away anyway.


4 Responses to Getting Skinny With Ayds

  1. Mark says:

    Wow. I so remember that product, and how the name tanked it when the AIDS crisis hit… and how the product made some kids in high school titter.

    o_O

    I think AYDS was an acronym for something, wasn’t it?

  2. Randy says:

    AYDS was around a lot earlier than ’79 – I remember stealing them from my boss’s desk drawer in the early ’70s certainly, and maybe a bit earlier than that. They used to advertise on the radio a lot in those days.

  3. Donald G says:

    Sorry, Retroist, I have to back up Randy. My mom was using Ayds back in the early seventies. They tasted good, too.

  4. The Retroist says:

    I edited the post until I can find the introduction date for the product. Do you remember how early you had them? What did they taste like?

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