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FDA Claims Walnuts to be Illegal Drugs | Government Lunacy at its Best

Mike Barrett
January 3rd, 2012
Updated 11/17/2012 at 2:30 pm
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Well the Food and Drug Administration has really made a name for themselves this time. In response to claims by a company named Diamond Foods that walnuts possess health benefits, the FDA sent the company a letter informing them of their wrongdoing. What did Diamond Foods do wrong? According to the FDA, claims made by Diamond Foods that omega-3′s found in walnuts produce health benefits make their walnuts “drugs”. As far as the FDA is concerned, these “drugs” can not be legally marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application.

FDA Actions Portray Government Lunacy at its Best

It seems bureaucratic tyranny is really taking shape in America. Despite 35 peer-reviewed published papers showing that walnuts improve vascular health and promote heart function being held in the US National Library of Medicine database, the FDA refuses to allow Diamond Foods to make such claims. The evidence revolving around the benefits of walnuts evidently must be authorized by the FDA before those benefits can even be marketed.  A letter sent to the company from the FDA states:

“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.”

The FDA goes on to say that the products are also “misbranded” because they “are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes.”

All the while, the FDA is more than happy to allow marketing of chemical-laden, diabetes-inducing foods such as Apple Jacks or Fruit Loops, often targeted at young children. Not only that, but they would much rather the population ‘treat’ their problems with harmful pharmaceuticals rather than with a healthy diet. The government’s actions against natural solutions are sickening to say the least, and saying that walnuts or pomegranates are drugs is an outright false claim. But why are they even making these crazy statements?

The truth is that the pharmaceutical industry, multi-national corporations, and government officials all have both indiscrete and blatant financial ties. Junk food manufacturers heavily lobby the federal government for favorable treatment in order to vacuum in greater profits. In response to the ingestion of massive amounts of junk foods, your body responds so negatively that various health-complications surface, causing you to search for a solution. It just so happens that the pharmaceutical industry has been pushing ‘solutions’ on you for years through mass advertising, making drug ingestion and medical devices the norm instead of healthy alternatives. As far as the government is concerned, there is absolutely no reason for you to live a healthy lifestyle, since many of the government officials would be losing out on a great sum of money.

The FDA simply does not have your best interest at heart. This kind of action truly reflects government lunacy at its best.

About Mike Barrett:
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  • Vascular Health

    What I would like to know is where the common sense plays out in all this. The foods we eat have an affect on our health, good or bad. What doesn't make sense is the FDA should be more strict on those manufacturers who sell food that is harmful and make sure they are labeling the risk. They really need to stick to one set of rules. The problem is they are all over the board with this issue.

  • Shan

    Seems like FDA is assisting Government with deficit – let people eat foods laden with high fructose corn syrup but not healthy foods like walnuts so that more people will die early – hence less dollars spent on Social Security & Medicare.

  • Jim S. Smith



    And to think just HOW MANY average Americans off-handedly believe all of the NON-sense that the “media” and the so-called “EGG-spurts” spout off day after day!

    I am having a very hard time in trusting what is left of what once used to be known as “science”. I was a “science nut” throughout my childhood, and most of the so-called experts have very little actual scientific-reference to their vain and foolish arguments.

    Show’em up, Mike! Just goes to prove that you don’t need a “degree” by the system to understand what is really going on!

    Again, BRAVO!!!

    - Rev. Jim

  • cameowalkin

    When a raw diet is absolutely necessary (such as when fighting cancer), it's very hard to find out which foods are raw. The FDA says it's OK to irradiate nuts and label them "raw" (ever since 2007). I'd like to see mandatory warnings on all nuts that have been irradiated.

  • Brimstone

    The FDA can allow food companies like Kraft and some others to include "dried human fetuses" into seasonings, chocolates, cookies and other snacks and foods to turn humans into cannibals but Walnuts are illegal drugs to them. Why are we humans accepting this CRAP from these aliens living on our planet?

  • Donna Colantuno

    I have read that one day vitamins will be considered "drugs" by the FDA. I've also read that nutrients will also be considered drugs and will be taken out of our food. That day is soon approaching!!! Wake Up People and become AWARE of what is happening!

    • Jim S. Smith

      Already happening within the walls of the “International CODEX”. They consider vitamins and naturally occurring minerals “toxins” – to be regulated.

  • Bent Lorentzen

    By this lunatic legal nonsense, I think breathing unpolluted air and drinking clean water would also fall into FDA's definition of health-inducing drugs that need approval prior to anyone promoting such "novel" concepts. In these times where multinationals are copyrighting bird songs and having been given many of the same rights as a human being by insane Supreme Court decisions, that begs the question of when we will be individually installed with a regulatory meter on our breathing, eating and drinking.

    • Jim S. Smith

      The CONgress already had “talked about” taxing the air we breathe!

      I kid you not! I saw it, in writing as transcribed from their very mouths.

  • Monty

    Food for death administration

  • Dave

    The FDA meets the requirements of a terrorist organization.

  • Asenath

    Everything we eat or drink influences our health. Water, for example, prevents dehydration and thereby a host of serious illnesses. The FDA apparently wants to regulate the entire supermarket. How long will it take to approve all of the fruits and vegetables in the 'produce' section of the store alone? Whoever made this decision on walnuts should be fired and his name made public, so we can properly ridicule him or her.

    • kt

      You would have to fire every supervisor and most of the staff to begin to remove the lunacy from the FDA and most gevernment agencies.

  • Jilm

    Oh yeah, FDA you can inspect my nuts :-0

    and * my (_!_)

  • Jilm

    FDA leadership, not wrong, just evil

  • Saba Miselya

    I have been using walnuts for more than 3months now. My weight was 71kg before using walnuts, after 3months my weight goes down to 65.5kg, then i come to conclude

    that walnuts prevents obesity. And in addition to that my sexual performance improved, now i am scoring a minimum of 3goals per match, which in before i was scoring 1 goal per week.

    Walnuts is powerful nut, let people eat.

    • Jim S. Smith

      Brazil nuts are awesome also!

      I love them.

  • Dale

    "…MAY help lower cholesterol…"

    "…omega-3s SEEM TO WORK by…"

    "…ARE THOUGHT TO BE responsible…"

    What's the difference with these statements and those every other product "promises"? No definite statements at all. The above statements are true.

    Instead of calling walnuts "drugs", they could have easily gone to court and gotten a judge to have the marketing comments changed/removed. If the marketing is the problem, go after the marketing. DUH! Do they want money or power?

  • RICK



  • Leandra999

    Sorry guys – normally I'm on your side but you are misunderstanding this. I am no fan of the FDA, but as I work in the pharmaceutical industry, I know what the issue is here. This is a labeling claim problem. If you state as fact that a natural product like a nut or an herb has properties that treat specific diseases, then you are making it a drug by definition. Although it may not appear so, the FDA actually does have our interests here. Think snake oil. Any unproven (i.e. no clinical studies) claim will result in misbranding, and if you want to market the product on such a specific claim, you need to go through the same process as any drug manufacturer. What if Diamond said walnuts cure cancer and they didn't? Get the picture? Walnuts are fine, and selling them is fine, and even saying they have omega-3's is fine. But it has to stop there.

    • Anonymous

      quite shill

    • nik

      The FDA has done more harm then good and the fact that you backing the FDA, the ones who allows high fructose corn syrup to be put in most foods and drinks, on a labeling claim problem is absurd! The FDA does not look out for the average American citizen, they look out for the corporate elite. Allowing chemicals and other toxic additives be added to our food just so how poorly they fulfill their duties.

    • Anonymous

      Leandra999 wrote:

      >>FDA actually does have our interests here>>—————————————

      Are you crazy! The FDA does not and never has had our best interest! They are an evil corrupt system of "government". They will feed you poison for their profit.

  • Mauricio Carrasco

    This reminds me of the Stevita when they couldn't market their products as sweeteners. Although the "reasons" were different it still portraits how stupid this FDA cartel is.

  • Stardust on the Sage

    So, is the FDA denying there is omega 3 in walnuts? If they aren't outright denying that omega 3's are present, how can their claim hold water? And if it does hold water, they have just shot themselves in the foot by admitting Diamond foods is right – there are omega 3's in walnuts (not to mention fish, chia seeds, purslane, and tons of other foods as a naturally occurring substance. We all need to get the FDA to make a ruling and have a clear and concise definition of the word "natural". Up til now, they've been avoiding do that because that way they don't have to actually define anything.

    People are far more aware than the FDA gives them credit, when it comes to food and health issues. They want people to remain stupid and dumbed down, but slowly – ever so slowly – people are getting the messages about real, nutrient-dense nutrition and what it means to and for our bodies.

    For me, every time the FDA says something is not good, I use it faithfully. The FDA is a bunch of morons wrapped up in a bunch of ignoramuses. Their record for the past decade speaks loudly for itself.

  • Kat

    Population control?!

  • Seahorse

    Cheney – Halliburton

    Monsanto – ?

    FDA – oops

  • Seahorse

    So the next question.

    Which company will be the Halliburton of the food business. &&& which present government official will be the Dick 'Cheatiny' screwing the citizens up against the wall.?.

  • Jo Ann

    And, if they get Senate Bill S-510 passed, it will be illegal to grow, sell, or trade your own produce! Already in some states you cannot "divert water" from going down stream by collecting rain water that falls onto your own roof! Big Brother…if you are watching…I will give up gardening when you pry my hoe from my cold, dead fingers!

    • H.Hoeke

      The FDA are a bunch of idiots! When they say that some product is bad, then I consume it with no concern.

  • Bruce

    At Its WORST! NUTS!!

  • Jesus Wept

    Is that the same FDA who allows food packaging to contain gender-bending fertility-reducing BPA and pollutes the water supply with neurotoxic Fluoride?