You’ve read the labels: Folic acid can reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects. Olive oil and walnuts ward off coronary illness. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids lower heart disease risk. But what do all these health claims stamped on food packages really mean for consumers?
A “qualified health claim,” which can apply both to food products and dietary supplements, must be supported by credible scientific evidence to gain approval by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA). To help decipher what the FDA recommends for optimal health, check out the chart below.