Olive oil included among FDA's heart healthy

November 2, 2004: The Food and Drug Administration has given the olive oil industry the go ahead to add a heart healthy claim to their products. The FDA has okayed a new label that will read, “ Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about two tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.”

The approval is significant in at least two ways. First it is one of only two other cases in which the FDA has allowed a qualified health claim to be printed on a label. It also signifies a new understanding within the administration about the battle against heart disease. Previous claims focused singularly on lowering fat intake; the olive oil claim recognizes the potential health benefits of certain types of fats.

However, not all are happy with the decision critics accuse the label of being confusing and too liberal in its fat intake recommendation.

This story was originally printed in the New York Times. Read the complete article at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/02/politics/02olive.html


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