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FDA Claims the Power to Define Words

The FDA wants full control of the word “healthy.” To quote:

The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of “healthy,” which could eventually upend how a range of foods are marketed.

The gist of this is that the FDA will take full control of a word. The word “healthy,” and how it is defined, deployed, and where and when it can be used. The FDA is, and has been, a criminal organization acting in concert with Big Ag, Big Pharma, and powerful special interests while destroying every last bit of freedom that Americans have left to choose their own food.

The FDA currently allows use of the term “healthy” on packaging only when products meet certain nutrient criteria. Last year, it told the maker of Kind fruit-and-nut bars that the company’s products should not be called healthy because of their saturated fat levels.

Realize that you live in a place and time where the government can declare what food products are or are not “healthy” by employing its deviant and biased use of the term to strike down any food product that does not meet its politicized guidelines. Of all of the bars (breakfast bars, granola bars, energy bars, snack bars) on the market, Kind is one of the very few that I buy, and that is because of the mostly clean list of ingredients without the corn syrup, added sugars, and other crap. But because nuts are central to the ingredient list, and nuts have “fat,” and fat is still demonized by the Food-Agriculture Cartel and the medical establishment, Kind bars are kicked to the curb in favor of low-fat sugary snacks. This article on Fox News accurately explains the basics of how it works:

Food can only be marketed as healthy if it meets five criteria: fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol and beneficial nutrients, like vitamin C or Calcium. The levels differ by food category, but snacks generally can’t have more than 3 grams of fat.

When the term ‘healthy’ was first officially defined in 1994, low fat content was the main focus of health professionals. Sugar wasn’t on the FDA’s, or most nutritionists,’ radar.

Kellogg Co. doesn’t generally market its Frosted Flakes or low-fat Pop-Tarts as “healthy,” but under the current guidelines, it could. While the foods are high in sugar, they meet all the criteria, from low fat to fortified with vitamins. And fat-free pudding cups can be marketed as healthy, but avocados couldn’t because they have too much fat, according to today’s rules.

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