Getting Skinny With Ayds

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.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “Getting Skinny With Ayds

  1. 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.


    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.

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