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FDA To Advise About Benefits of Walnuts

Posted - Apr. 1, 2004 at 6:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON, Mar 31, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The benefit of walnuts in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease will soon be included on product labels by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said Wednesday the decision to include the qualified health claim is part of its initiative to provide better information to help people make healthier dietary choices.

The agency said supportive research shows walnuts may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease when consumed as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake.

While this research is not conclusive, FDA believes the information will help consumers improve their dietary health.

The FDA labels will say: "Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 oz of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. See nutrition information for fat (and calorie) content."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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