Thursday, May 24, 2012

POM deceptive marketing

I was scrolling through articles on my news app last night, while Johnny snored happily beside me when this headline caught my attention:

"Judge rules: POM deceptively marketed pomegranate juice"

Hmmm.. I had a moment of hesitation, because this is a company that has sent ME products. Products that I received with packets of information to pass along to my readers.

Curious, I clicked on the article and realized that I had unknowingly used Dinner at Christina's to spread these false health claims.

Here are a few news articles for further reading:

Judge: POM deceptively marketed pomegranate juice

POM Wonderful's Deception Is The Tip Of The Iceberg

Judge Says Pom Wonderful’s Advertising Is Misleading

FTC Calls POM Wonderful Claims Deceptive

So, what does this mean? Well, personally, I think it means that they got carried away in advertising unsupported benefits they think pomegranate juice has. 

It's still a fruit. It's still whole food. It's still 100% juice, with no added sugars or artificial crap. It can't be bad, but it's just not as good as they've advertised. 

Truthfully, I haven't had anything pomegranate related in about two years. I opted out of receiving further complimentary products, and I no longer purchase or order anything that lists pomegranate as a main ingredient. 


Well, pomegranate (along with some other foods, such as maca and Brazil nuts) have been known to affect moods. Having experienced a life time of anxiety and depression issues, I found that drinking pomegranate juice, or eating foods with it as a main ingredient make me.. hmm, how shall I put this? 

Batshit crazy. 

No, really. Johnny was the one that noticed it and pointed it out (brave man). Every time when we looked back, I had had pomegranate juice, or a pomegranate related food within the past 24 hours.

So, basically what I'm saying is: 

Dinner at Christina's featured a product and repeated information about that product that has now been shown to be unsupported. I apologize for that and will edit the original post to make sure and include this updated information.

Disclaimer: I'm posting this on my own. Nobody told me to. I want to keep all my product reviews and opinions of products up to date and honest!


Johnny said...

I just thought I'd add that we think pomegranate screws with my brain, as well.

Basically, whey is my green kryptonite, and pomegranate is my red kryptonite. (I can't believe the number of ways the Superman saga runs parallel to my own life.)

live pura vida said...

Weird!! Ever do any research to see if others have had similar experiences? It would be interesting to find out! For awhile I was getting raging headaches after eating seitan. I always wonder about things like that.

Biz said...

That's so crazy! I can't imagine you going batshit crazy though!

Thanks for the links Christina, I'll have to check them out. :D

Errign said...

Thanks for sharing this info! I never buy Pom because I think it's too expensive, and I find pomegranates a pain in the ass to eat :)

jenn@slim-shoppin said...

I also got stuff from POM wonderful! That's interesting information!

Dad said...

I attended a Fund Raiser party at the Villa in San Juan Capistrano and they served a Lobster app.on a spoon made from the plant.