Food Is Not Your Enemy


Cheerios Not a Wonder Drug After All
May 13, 2009, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Grains | Tags: , , , ,

General Mills, maker of the world’s best-selling cereal, Cheerios, got busted for making claims, in violation of federal law, that Cheerios will lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a warning letter posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s Web site yesterday, as reported by Bloomberg.com.

Turns out there’s insufficient scientific evidence for these grand promises, and the cereal’s packaging and Web site don’t include the mandatory disclaimer which should say that Cheerios will have these effects if eaten in conjunction with an overall healthy diet rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables.

In other words, if your diet consists solely of McDonald’s and Cheerios, your heart disease risk does not decrease.

The warning letter represented the FDA’s first action against a “mainstream food product” in more than nine years and showed the agency is exerting its authority under President Barack Obama, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

This is good news. It’s about time the food industry is taken to task for making these kinds of shaky health claims. Even the most sugary, junk cereals now appear to be healthy based on box messages that tell us all about their “guaranteed whole grains!” The miniscule amount of whole grains added to these cereals does not suddenly negate all the sugar and additives.

While regular Cheerios are totally fine as a breakfast choice, it’s just good to know that the government is putting it out there that Cheerios are a cereal, not a drug.

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Could you help me. The Past is to be respected and acknoledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.
I am from Kiribati and know bad English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Wangthe obama administration is committed to turning the heat up; on medicare and medicaid fraud, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius said as the government announced a new string of indictments alleging million in false medicare claims.”

Thank 😉 Hollace.

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