Those walnuts you’re eating are drugs! Well, according to the authoritative agency of food and drug-related tyranny, or FDA as they’re also known, walnuts could potentially be subject to a drug-specialized screening process before being allowed on the market.
Diamond Foods, a food company that was started in 1912 by a small group of Californian walnut farmers, has learnt the full effect of what the prososed mandate would do to their business.
The primary cause of concern the FDA has with Diamond Foods is their promotion of the health benefits of eating walnuts regularly. This is obviously something that the FDA did not approve of. But why?… After all, walnuts have been shown to have a significantly positive impact on the health and maintenance of our blood, brain, kidneys, liver, and more.
To be specific, Diamond Foods mentioned that walnuts are a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids, which they really are. They also mentioned that these fatty acids have been shown to provide a number of healthy benefits, including a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. These relationships have been backed up by multiple articles and studies, dozens of which can be found in the US National Library of Medicine. They all have a scientific backing, so it’s not like somebody ripped the claims out of their butt and stamped them on a walnut package.
Your walnut products are drugs…they may not legally be marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application.
The last thing this country needs is to classify natural, healthy foods as drugs. With the bad rep around prescription drugs that have been pushed out by the FDA, putting healthy foods into the same category would just be an insult. After all, you don’t up your risk of ulcers or heart attacks with natural, organic fruits and vegetables – something that can’t be said for a number of the other products that the FDA labels as “drugs.”
Despite Diamond Foods being backed up by evidence that supports the benefits of eating walnuts, the FDA told them that their products were “misbranded.” Basically, the FDA didn’t like that a company was promoting health claims that they didn’t approve of – regardless of the scientific support.
Why is This a Cause for Concern?
Well, it seems ridiculous that the FDA should be the final, highest authority over what is and isn’t good for you, especially with the amount of criticism that they get for some of their decisions. You’d be surprised at how often actual threats to human health make it past them.
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