Walnuts Labeled a Drug by the FDA

shelled walnut in jar imageWalnuts may be the nut that is just too good to be true. With over 35 peer review studies published in the US National Library of Medicine touting the cardiovascular benefits of walnuts, manufactures couldn’t resist making heart-healthy claims on their bags of walnuts.

As a result of these unauthorized health claims, the FDA was forced to classify these nuts as “drugs,” making them subject to government seizure and injunction. Of course, the manufacturers had to subsequently remove all heart-healthy claims. But let’s take a look at the science.

In 1993, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing significant reductions in dangerous LDL cholesterol from moderate consumption of walnuts.

The American Heart Association in 2004 reported a 64% improvement in the function of the lining of the arteries when walnuts were substituted for other fats in a Mediterranean diet.

Walnuts contain a variety of nutrients, including:

  • Arginine
  • Polyphenols
  • Omega 3s
  • Gamma tocopherol

All these constituents support the inner arterial lining and guard against abnormal platelet aggregation and heart disease, making them a must eat food this winter!

*Most clinical trials used about 20 grams of walnuts per day, which is about 4 nuts.


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