Welch’s May Have False Claims On Its Products
Welch’s has been making false claims that its products are good for your heart, according to the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest. In fact, Welch’s juice not only does not improve heart health, but it may do the opposite, CSPI said.
Welch’s False Claims
- Welch’s relies on the presence of polyphenols and vitamin C in grape juice to qualify as “heart healthy.” However, the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements found that vitamin C and polyphenols gave no evidence benefitting the heart.
- Welch’s products contain too much sugar and too many calories, which may cancel claims to being heart healthy.
- An 8 oz serving of Welch’s grape juice contains 36 grams of sugar and 140 calories, about 1/3 more than 8 oz of Coca-Cola.
- As a result of too much sugar, these products pose a concern for the weight-conscious or those who suffer with diabetes.
- Welch’s Fruit Juice Cocktail is only 25% juice.
Welch’s also labels its products with statements such as “Reward Your Heart,” “Learn about Family Heart Health at welchs.com,” and “Made with REAL fruit.” CSPI is warning Welch's that these are all false claims and should not be used on their products' labels. For example, the fruit snack that contains the label, “Made with REAL fruit,” is mostly made with sugar and modified cornstarch.
The CSPI has said that if Welch’s does not resolve this issue of false claims on its products, CSPI will pursue a lawsuit.
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