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On the risks of mixing medical research with too much pomegranate juice

pomegranate-juiceUCLA researchers’ ties to donors called into question (UCLA Daily Bruin):

“The multifaceted relationships between UCLA Health officials and the private donors funding their research have drawn scrutiny recently from experts and members of the university community worried about inherent or ostensible conflicts of interest. At the forefront is billionaire couple Stewart and Lynda Resnick, two of the university’s most prominent donors and owners of pomegranate juice company Pom Wonderful…The couple funded a series of clinical studies over the past decade at UCLA to study their company’s products and services. The studies involved numerous departments within the UCLA Health System, from the Center for Human Nutrition to grants for doctors in pharmacology and psychiatry…

A Federal Trade Commission complaint in 2010 found that Pom used false advertising to claim their pomegranate products had certain health benefits – calling into question UCLA’s role in any associated research used to buttress Pom’s ads.”

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