Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q&A: Pomegranate juice and supplement claims are unsubstantiated

Ivan Penn, who writes the Consumer's Edge column that appears regularly in the Times, also answers reader questions about consumer issues on our website (tampabay.com/news/business; look for Consumer's Edge heading). We occasionally publish some of those in this space.

POM juice not that wonderful

Do POM Wonderful 100% Pure Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements help with heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction as promotions have indicated?

It appears POM has fallen into what Consumer's Edge refers to as health benefit hyperbole (HBH). The Federal Trade Commission cited POM for making false and unsubstantiated claims regarding the health benefits of POM Wonderful 100% Pure Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements.

"Any consumer who sees POM Wonderful products as a silver bullet against disease has been misled," said David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "When a company touts scientific research in its advertising, the research must squarely support the claims made. Contrary to POM Wonderful's advertising, the available scientific information does not prove that POM Juice or POMx effectively treats or prevents these illnesses."

For more information, visit www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/09/pom.shtm.

Low-income phone assistance

Where can I find low-income assistance to connect telephone service in my home, and is there help with the cost of the service?

There are assistance programs for telephone service that the state Public Service Commission urges those in need to review. Low-income Floridians can apply for the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline assistance programs. Link-Up offers a 50 percent rebate in the telephone hook-up charge (up to $30), while Lifeline Assistance gives a $13.50 credit per month on local phone bills.

You are eligible if you receive state or federal help from: temporary cash assistance; food stamps; Medicaid; Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8); National School Lunch (NSL) Program's free lunch program.

For information, visit www.psc.state.fl.us/utilities/telecomm/lifeline/engbrochure.aspx or call toll-free 1-800-540-7039 for assistance.

Benefits of grass-fed meat

Why is grass-fed meat the healthier red meat option?

John Wood, founder of U.S. Wellness Meats and a lifelong farmer, says grass-fed meat has many benefits for consumers in addition to food safety. For example, grass-fed meat is higher in vitamins A and E, lower in saturated fat and calories than conventional meat and high in omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid or CLA.

For more information, visit www.uswellness meats.com.

Q&A: Pomegranate juice and supplement claims are unsubstantiated 05/02/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 5:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you're not alone.

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — After graduating from the University of Florida in 2015, Gabrielle Piloto jumped on the highway and headed south to Tampa.

    Gabrielle Piloto, 22, moved home to live with her grandparents in West Tampa after graduating from the University of Florida in 2015. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

  2. Review: Nick White's 'How to Survive a Summer' takes on homophobia at its worst

    Books

    Will Dillard's summer camp experience is a real horror movie.

  3. Senate leaders unveil bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act

    Health

    The New York Times

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for seven years, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to cut Medicaid deeply and end the health law's mandate that most Americans have health insurance.

    U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill's chief author, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has said "Obamacare is collapsing around us, and the American people are desperately searching for relief." [AP]
  4. Southwest Airlines to offer flights from Tampa to San Diego

    Airlines

    TAMPA — Southwest Airlines will offer new nonstop service from Tampa International Airport to San Diego International Airport beginning Jan. 8, 2018.

    Southwest Airlines is planning to launch service from Tampa to San Diego.
[Times file photo]
  5. The greatest coaches never to win it all

    College

    As foregone conclusions go, some things are approaching the death-and-taxes stratosphere: summer humidity in Florida, a Kardashian seeking attention, and Mike Martin coming up short in Omaha.

    Florida State coach Mike Martin walks to the mound to talk to pitcher Cole Sands during the second inning of the team's NCAA College World Series baseball game against LSU Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. [AP photo]