Has the FDA Gone Nuts? Walnuts’ Health Claims Classified as a ‘Drug’
File this one in ridiculous. The FDA recently issued Diamond Food a warning letter saying, in a nutshell (get it? Ha!), that Diamond walnuts are making health claims akin to drugs, saying that “these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation and treatment of disease.” Therefore the company needs to apply for them to be classified as such a drug or remove the claims.
While there’s no doubt that walnuts are a superfood (they do everything from helping your brain to your eyesight to your heart to keeping your mood lifted), it really seems like the FDA would be better off spending their time on other more pressing issues than walnuts, which are totally safe for consumption. And, really, if walnuts are now a drug, what natural food isn’t? You might as well as go ahead and classify all the nuts as drugs, along with blueberries, salmon and pretty much every vegetable. Oh, and how about exercise? Regular physical exercise acts like an almost freakin’ magic pill when it comes to cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall wellness.
What do you guys think? Nutso? Not so? Sound off in the comments! —Jenn