This is outrageous!!
Diamond Walnuts received a warning letter from the FDA in 2010 for stating health benefits of omega-3 found in Walnuts based on research studies.
And what was the offending statement?
“Every time you munch a few walnuts, you’re doing your body a big favor”
Per the FDA:
“Based on claims made on your firm’s website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. The following are examples of the claims made on your firm’s website under the heading of a web page stating “OMEGA-3s … Every time you munch a few walnuts, you’re doing your body a big favor.”
:• “Studies indicate that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts may help lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers; ease arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; and even fight depression and other mental illnesses.”
• “[O]mega-3 fatty acids inhibit the tumor growth that is promoted by the acids found in other fats … ”
• “[I]n treating major depression, for example, omega-3s seem to work by making it easier for brain cell receptors to process mood-related signals from neighboring neurons.”
• “The omega-3s found in fish oil are thought to be responsible for the significantly lower incidence of breast cancer in Japanese women as compared to women in the United States.”
So I guess we aren’t allowed to let people know the benefits of eating food?…EVEN with ACTUAL “studies” PROVING the benefits!
Hands down…this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen!!
Read the entire warning letter: http://www.fda.gov/iceci/