In the future if Walnuts were permanently labeled as a drug by the FDA then Pistachios, Peanuts, Cashews and other omega-3, vitamin rich nuts should be banned as well.
The FDA does have a powerful influence on the food we consume and they do a good job by keeping us safe but some of the accusations they come up with are ludicrous. Further exploring the possibility that Walnuts could be classified as a drug makes you think that maybe there are more items we are not aware of because of these hilarious regulations.
According to the Authoritative Agency of Food and Drug-Related Tyranny, or FDA for short, walnuts may be subject to a drug-specialized screening process before being allowed on the market. At least that seems to be the case for Diamond Foods.
The primary cause of the beef that the FDA has with the company comes from Diamond Foods promoting the healthy benefits of eating walnuts regularly. Something that the FDA did not approve of.
Diamond Foods mentioned that walnuts are a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to provide a number of healthy benefits, including a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease.
Nevertheless, the FDA sent Diamond Foods a letter aggressively stating that:
We have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease are offered for conditions that are …
Walnuts are a great snack for anyone on the go and a favorite nut during the holidays. However, it would be interesting to see them labeled as a drug because that would eventually deter parents and educators, who encourage healthy-snacking, from trying another alternative to chips, soda and/or candy to fill a craving.
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