Skip to comments.Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA
Posted on 07/21/2011 2:35:09 PM PDT by nralife
Seen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didnt approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, Your walnut products are drugs and new drugs at that and, therefore, they may not legally be marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application. The agency even threatened Diamond with seizure if it failed to comply.
Diamonds transgression was to make financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts, as William Faloon of Life Extension magazine put it. On its website and packaging, the company stated that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts have been shown to have certain health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. These claims, Faloon notes, are well supported by scientific research: Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts; and The US National Library of Medicine database contains no fewer than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk.
When you retire as an FDA executive, where do you go? How big a welcome would a drug company with large investments in heart medications give to an FDA executive who successfully suppressed information about foods that might reduce demands for their product?
FDA is more like TSA - one takes your nuts completely, and the other just fondles them.
Joe ,,,ya done went an yet that 6-pack get to ya ,,,, sure about the way that
“The folks over at FDA clearly have too much time on their hands”
This is why their budget needs to be halved. I work harder and smarter, I think that they should, too.
Or come out to the east side of my property in the fall and get a couple of tons of them for free.
I do also..with the “red hot intensity of 1000 suns”.
Yeah. It gives me the rash from hell when I take it in tablet form. Prescribed? Yes. Will I take it? No.
For half of my kids and I, this is too close to home. We’re celiacs. Autoimmune disorder which essentially means that foods made from, or with, wheat, barley and rye make us violently ill, among other effects. So salty snacks in our house are things like diamond’s gluten-free nuts, and, on a sort-of related note, blue diamond’s nut thins (awesome crackers made from rice and pecans, walnuts, et cetera).
The FDA needs to be put out to pasture. I don’t have the luxury of randomly grabbing things off the shelf, so I really follow certain manufacturers, and buy their products frequently. I’d hate to lose a good snack here because some gung-holier-than-thou bureaucrats decided they didn’t like someone’s tone. I realize I’m talking about a snack, here. It’s the combination of something we buy that is safe, with a weasely government agency that bugs me. (sorry folks)
At least I'm sober enough to tell the difference between periods and commas, and to remember that questions are usually punctuated with one of these thingies: ?
But he was surrounded by Germans ...
During the Reagan admin. Someone declared ketchup a vegetable for school lunches, and the “news media” had a field day with that, will they ever mention this, I think not.
The FDA definitely serves a purpose protecting the public regarding drug safety, and has done so since it’s inception back in the early 1900’s.
Regarding drug products, I definitely give them the benefit of the doubt. If you want examples, let me know.
I have a clear recollection of an FDA press flack declaring that "even water can be a drug."
It's all in the labeling. This crap has been going on for decades.
Wait until they realize the husks can be used as dye! I used to soak the husks in mineral spirits, later used Naptha, to make walnut dye for Maple gunstocks. It was primitive, but the stocks were for primitive weapons. Did a beautiful job! Redman Chaw also made nice dye.
Obama appoints the heads of them. And he appoints no one sho is not a committed Marxist.
The FDA is stepping over the line in many areas recently but not in this area. That can be blamed on congress as much as obummer.
Concur - it’s an abuse but it all revolves around how they label the product. If they claim it does something that falls under the definition of a medical device or a drug then prior to the marketing it must be approved by the FDA. If I woul them I’d do a quick recall of all the newly marked packages and repackage without the claim - it would be a lot easier and would eliminate the FDAs requirement that they get drug approval. Again I don’t agree they should be but that is how they regs have been interpreted for years. sigh....
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