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Garlic Supplement Cholesterol Claims Halt Sought By CSPI

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Advertising claims that garlic supplements lower cholesterol, although literally true, are misleading "since the unsupported implication...is that taking garlic supplements is an effective means of reducing cholesterol levels," the Center for Science in the Public Interest advises FTC in a Dec. 5 petition.

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