The FDA Says This Food is a Heart “Drug”

Remember that time the FDA ignored scientific research and tried to call this food a drug? Just because it worked? Well the whole story is even crazier than that.

We guarantee you won’t ever look at FDA the same way again.

It’s pretty obvious the agency lives in the pocket of the food industry. The biggest and most profitable companies get away with just about anything as long as they’re willing to write a check.

That’s bad enough. But when the FDA tries to keep you from improving your health, that’s when things get really dangerous.

This attempt to secure profits seems especially crazy. They’re calling a natural, healthy FOOD a “new drug” that has to be subjected to the full FDA approval process.

Under the rules, it is illegal for food makers to share certain information with consumers. Whether or not it’s true. And whether or not it can save lives.

If a food product even looks like it’s making a medical claim, it can bring fines and legal problems. It can even lead to jail time. But if you are willing, you can pay the FDA to go through the approval process. When the dust settles, we’re talking billions of dollars in costs.1

It doesn’t matter if the food has been around forever and its health benefits are backed by clinical science.2

So what’s this dangerous drug that the FDA wants to “protect” you from?


Sound the alarms!

We wish we were kidding. The FDA went after Diamond Foods for claims they made on their website about why walnuts are good for you.

The health benefits are fairly common knowledge. Walnuts can help prevent heart disease and cancer. Not exactly controversial or groundbreaking.

The FDA responded to these claims with a ridiculous and threatening letter. Here are some of the highlights:

“Your walnut products are also new drugs … they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions. Therefore … they may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application.”3

What the FDA is saying is that if a food can support your health, it’s a drug. This means that the FDA needs to test and approve it. They even need to set the “directions for use” so that people know how much is safe to take. And of course, this process isn’t free.

Again, we’re talking about walnuts here. They grow on trees!

As if that wasn’t crazy enough, they are blatant hypocrites…

Companies like Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo, claim their snacks have all sorts of benefits to your health. This somehow includes strong bones and muscles. But the most insulting—and crazy—claim is that their potato chips support heart health because they use sunflower oil to fry them.4

Someone should tell the FDA the difference between “good” for you and “slightly less awful” for you.

Unlike potato chips, walnuts are actually good for you. Walnuts reduce LDL cholesterol levels over six years by nearly 50 percent.5 Studies show walnuts improve your heart health in other ways too.

Men in one study who ate a Mediterranean diet replaced 30 percent of their fats, like olive oil, with walnuts. After just 30 days, they found their vasodilation improved by more than 60 percent. They also lowered their cholesterol by 10 percent.6

So science actually proves that walnuts fight heart disease and high blood pressure. It’s irresponsible to try and keep this information from the public. By not allowing Diamond Foods to talk about the amazing things walnuts can do to support heart health, it keeps people in the dark. But it also keeps them relying on dangerous heart medications instead of nature to lower their blood pressure.

If the FDA was really concerned with your health, they would want to do everything in their power to share this information about walnuts. Instead, they want to force them to be regulated as a drug.

Our recommendation? Keep eating up these scandalous nuts. (Just be sure to buy organic.) And spread the word! Walnuts are not drugs. Yes, we feel silly even writing that.

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  1. Agnes says:

    A correction – – Frito-Lay fries their potato chips in Canola oil, not sunflower oil.

  2. brad roon says:

    Well we have about 9 acres of walnut trees that were neglected for multiple decades and will require years of pruning to bring back to decent production levels.

    As a walnut grower, and consumer i have to tell you this (insert sarcasm font) i shoot up walnuts all the time. Yup. Mainline them. Snort ’em right up the nose and all too. Freebase? Man, you ain’t seen nothing like it, i’ll guarantee you that.

    We are trying to be respectable though and get in line with the FDA/Drug pusher, sorry, mean pharmaceutical crowd here. We want capsules and pills of walnuts. Yes, they will be large, but suck it up people. If health were easy, you wouldn’t be taking those drugs and getting sicker all the time, would you. We figure the cost for the walnuts at that point would be around $329.00 per pound, and we can live with that. The hard part is making the facility when we have problems in the barn – the pigs don’t want out. Chickens want half the crop, squirrels steal them, and the deer and bears are cutting into profits. Better get the DEA out to keep the perimeter safe from the above and jack teh price up another hundred bucks/pound. After all, fools will pay any dam thing for a stupid medicine.

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