Here's a nutty story for you. I can relate to this story because the black crows living on and around my property eat walnuts from the neighbor's walnut tree. These birds are big, healthy and live forever--what more proof do we need that walnuts are good for us?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Diamond Food for making truthful, science-backed health claims about the omega-3 fats in walnuts. Because the research cited health claims that omega-3 fats in walnuts may prevent or protect against disease, the FDA said walnuts would be considered “new drugs” and as such would require a new drug application to become FDA-approved. Under current FDA law, if a food or natural supplement makes a medical claim, it's automatically classified as a drug. Regulations currently prohibit manufacturers of dietary supplements or producers of food from referring to any scientific study documenting the potential effect of the substance on a health condition, punishable by large fines and even jail, even if the science is completely credible and true. You can help by supporting the Free Speech about Science Act (HR 1364), a landmark legislation that would change FDA regulations so that manufacturers and producers may reference legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies without converting a natural food or dietary supplement into an "unapproved drug." Dr. Mercola.........As unbelievable as it sounds, current law makes it illegal for food producers to share certain types of scientific information with you. So when Diamond Food relayed health information about the omega-3 fats in walnuts on product packaging and also on their Web site, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attacked, even though the information was entirely true.