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Now on Labels

Food manufacturers in the United States are slowly putting certain health claims on food labels and packages. It is a slow process because of the need to protect the consumer and the need for sound scientific proof to justify each claim. Below are the eleven health claims that are now approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and examples of the wording that you may find on food packages.

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whole wheat and heart disease
Soluble fiber from foods such as oat bran, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
soy protein and coronary heart disease
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of XXXX provides YYY grams of soy protein.
psyllium and heart disease
The soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk in this product, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
calcium and osteoporosis
Regular exercise and a healthy diet with enough calcium helps teen and young adult white and Asian women maintain good bone health and may reduce their high risk of osteopersosis later in life.
dietary sugar alcohols and dental caries
Frequent between-meal consumption of foods high in sugars and starches promotes tooth decay. The sugar alcohols in this product do not promote tooth decay.
dietary lipids and cancer
Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers.
Dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and coronary heart disease
Development of heart disease depends upon many factors. A healthy diet low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may lower blood cholesterol levels and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Sodium and hypertension
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many risk factors.
Fiber-containing grain products, fruits and vegetables and heart disease
Development of heart disease depends on many factors. Eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fruits, vegetables and grain products that contain fiber may lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Fiber-containing grain products, fruits and vegetables and cancer
Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many risk factors.
Fruits and vegetables and cancer
Development of cancer depends on many factors. Eating a diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables, foods that are low in fat and may contain vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, may reduce the risk of some cancers.

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