Walnuts = Lipitor? Just Who is the FDA Protecting Anyway?
Several days ago, a good friend of mine forwarded me the following link: Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA. Apparently, the FDA (the food and drug administration, the US agency ostensibly responsible for “safety” in these two areas) has decided that Diamond Foods cannot mention that the omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts might help in reducing one’s risk of cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancer, because this makes their product a “drug”.
Shame on you Diamond Foods for trying to get Americans to eat natural sources of omega-3 fats. Clearly your insolence will open the doors to a floodgate of equally spurious claims.
How long before the FDA will need to step in and lay the smack down on the carrot growers of America for trying to push their high-GI sugar sticks on us? And imagine the chaos if spinach producers are allowed to market their foods as healthy? Don’t they realize that spinach can carry e-Coli???
FDA, please protect us from ourselves!
Apparently having dozens of research papers showing the myriad health benefits associated with increasing omega-3 fatty acid consumption is not good enough for the FDA. Nope, they insist that Americans continue to eat garbage and get sick so that they’ll be forced to continue purchasing more drugs that are approved for dealing with the terrible diseases that come from eating so much garbage.
The beauty of this system is obvious.
The true irony of this entire situation lies in the fact that it was Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who once said “let food by thy medicine”. Apparently, the modern medical “authorities” no longer feel that should be the case.
Seriously FDA, you guys are idiots.
Well enough for today’s rant, time for me to go and whip up a drink “drug cocktail”.
Till next time, train hard and eat clean!