FDA Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs

Life extension has published 57 articles that describe health benefits of walnuts. Some of the same scientific data was featured on the website of DIAMONDS FOODS, INC. a distributor of packaged walnuts.

Last year the FDA determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts “ are not generally recognized as safe and effective” for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Food’s website.

According to the FDA, these walnuts were classified as “drug” and the “unauthorized health claims” cause them to become “misbranded,” thus subjecting them to government “seizure or injunction.”

Diamond foods capitulated and removed statements about the health benefits of walnuts from its website.

Let’s take a look at the science supporting the consumption of walnuts to see what the FDA censored…and what you can do to stop it in the future.

Eating walnuts cuts heart disease risk

Unlike some nuts, walnuts provide a unique blend of polyunsaturated fatty acids ( including omega-3s), along with nutrients like gamma-tocopherol that have demonstrated heart health benefits. The March 4, 1993, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published the first clinical study showing significant reductions in dangerous LDL and improvement in the lipoprotein profile in response to moderate consumption of walnuts.

The US National Library of Medicine database contains more than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk.

FDA ignores the science

It is clear that according to Life Extension August 2011 article that FDA does not even consider the underlying science when censoring truthful, non-misleading health claims. This has robbed consumer the ability to discover lifesaving medical information. Instead they have allowed endless advertisement for artery-clogging junk foods. On the contrary, the FDA has issued waves of warning letters to companies making foods ( pomegranate juice, green tea, and walnuts) that protect against atherosclerosis. The FDA is demanding that these companies stop informing the public about the scientifically validated health benefits these foods provide.

FDA allows Potato Chips to be advertised as “Heart Healthy”

You might not associate these mostly fried snack foods as being good for you, but FDA has no problem allowing the Frito-Lay website to state the following:

“Our natural sunflower, corn and soybean oil contain good polysaturated and monounsaturated fats, which help lower total and LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain HDL”good” cholesterol levels, which can support a healthy heart. Even salt, when eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet, is essential for the body.”

Based on what Frito-lay is allowed to state, it sounds like we should be living on these snacks. Who would want to ingest walnuts, pomegranate, or green tea. According to Firto-Lay website, Lays potato chips are “heart healthy” because the level of saturated fat was reduced and replaced with sunflower oil. What is omitted is that sunflower oil has lots of omega 6 fats , but no omega 3s. The American diet already contains too many omega-6 fats and inadequate in omega-3.

Don’t forget the acrylamides

When carbohydrate foods are cooked at high temperature ( as occurs when potatoes are fried in sunflower oil to make potato chips), a toxic compound called acrylamide is formed.

According to the National Cancer Institute, “ acrylamide is considered to be a mutagen and a probable human carcinogen, Scientists do not yet know with any certainty whether the levels of acrylamide typically found in some foods pose a health risk for human. In respond to these concerns, FDA funded a massive study to ascertain the amount of acrylamide is food and found pototoes chips and other fired carbohydrate were especially high in acrylamide.

Companies that sell Healthy foods try to fight back

Some of these companies are fighting back. For example the maker of pomegranate juice have sued FTC for censoring their First Amendment right to communicate scientific information to the public.

As a consumer, you should be able that disease-promoting foods are protected by federal government, while nutritional foods are censored. The simple fact is that walnuts are healthy to eat, while carbohydrate fried in fat are not. The FDA permits company selling disease promoting foods , while suppressing the dissemination of peer-reviewed scientific information about healthy foods.

Now the good news

On April 5, 2011, a bipartisan bill was introduced into the house of representative called the free speech about science act ( HR. 1364). This landmark legislation protects basic free speech rights, ends censorship of science and enable natural health products community to share peer-reviewed findings with the public.

The Free speech about science bill has the potential to transform medical practice by educating the public about the real science behind natural health.

Please log on the http://www.lef.org.org/lac that enables you to conveniently email and ask your representative to co-sponsor the Free Speech About Science Act.

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