Declaration of healthy foods, under study


The European Union Technical Commission on Diet Products, Nutrition and Allergies has recently ruled on the health claims of eight products. As it should have always been, this commission will not accept any health claims unless supported by scientific studies.

According to this commission, the only ones that have shown their beneficial properties for health are sterols, chemical compounds added to many foods and that have been reliably shown to help reduce blood cholesterol levels and, therefore, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. To make it clear, we are talking about products like Benecol or Danacol, which are recommended to be taken after the main meal of the day, one container a day (I take them daily, recommended by my doctor).

The rest, according to these experts, have not scientifically proven their health benefits, so they will not be allowed to advertise with those supposedly healthy effects. Among these products of unproven efficacy are the fatty acids "alpha linolenic and linoleic acid" as "essential fatty acids necessary for the normal growth and development of children" (between 1 and 12 years of age). It is considered that the necessary quantity of these compounds is so low that their additional contribution is not necessary.

Another product with doubtful efficacy is "Femarelle®", a combination of phytoestrogens derived from soybeans (isoflavones) and flaxseeds (lignans and coumestanes) that according to the manufacturer "induces bone formation and increases bone mineral density by reducing the risk of osteoporosis and other bone disorders. "

Nor is it justified the announcement that the consumption of dairy, cheese and milk, "promote dental health" helping to reduce cavities. Or the product "Elancyl Mundial Silhouette ®" which, according to its manufacturer, allows a "regulation of body composition in people who are slightly to moderately overweight".

And, according to a study by the Spanish OCU, many times we get carried away more by brand advertising than by the real properties of food, at the time of purchase. If they tell us in the packaging and advertising that a food is good for health, whether they have proof or not, whether it is true or not, we will buy it before other products, even if they are more expensive.

Via | Direct to the Paladar | Nutritional quality index of food, Nuval En Directo al Paladar | Foods with little nutritional value, a risk for children En Directo al Paladar | New rules in food labeling

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