Have you read your groceries lately? Many of them tout reasons why health-minded shoppers should buy them, such as to lower cholesterol, reduce risk of osteoporosis or prevent cancer. Some sport bright red hearts claiming the products are heart healthy. But can you trust such health claims? It depends. There
Tag: structure function claims
Surveys have shown that a large majority of Americans are confident in the “safety, quality and effectiveness” of products marketed as “dietary supplements” (a term derived from a 1994 law that questionably grouped drug-type herbal and botanical extracts with essential vitamins and minerals). So many were shocked at the recent
One of the fastest-growing segments of the dietary supplement industry is the market for products claiming to protect your memory or “boost” your brainpower. These range from mega-doses of vitamins your body does actually need (though not necessarily in such quantity) to novel concoctions such as Asian herbal remedies or
We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but can we judge a food by its label? Nutrition and health experts hope so, and with 20 years now under its belt, research on the iconic Nutrition Facts label reveals that it can be both helpful and confusing.
You’ve seen it: Health verbiage splashed across the front of packages, such as: “Supports the immune system!” or “Lowers cholesterol!” But can you really trust manufacturers to tell you the truth on their labels? Yes…and no.
The good news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rules about what can