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What is a health claim?

Mary Mullen
Nutrition & Dietetics
A health claim describes the potential health benefits of a food, nutrient, or food substance to reduce the risk of a chronic disease or condition, such as cancer, coronary heart disease, or hypertension. Listing this information is optional, and many foods that meet the criteria don’t carry the health claim on their labels. All health claims must be supported by scientific evidence and are strictly regulated by the FDA. Examples of health claims that have FDA approval to appear on food labels include:
  • Calcium and osteoporosis
  • Sodium and hypertension
  • Dietary fat and cancer
  • Saturated fat and cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables and cancer
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