FDA Says Evidence of Omega-3 Health Benefits Unclear – (11-29-00)

FDA Says Evidence of Omega-3 Health Benefits Unclear

They were probably saying the same thing about folic acid and neural tube defects in the late fifties when the evidence started to show a benefit in the reduction of defects w/ folic acid supplementation. I’m not sure where the FDA looked (possibly under their own rock??), but I could easily come up with a few hundred articles on Omega-3 fatty acids and numerous diseases such as Crohn’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease.

(article) The scientific evidence that omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease is not definitive, the US Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. The agency ruled that food manufacturers can use only a limited claim about the relationship between the oils, found in fish and other foods, and cardiac illness. The approved claim reads, “The scientific evidence about whether omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) is suggestive, but not conclusive. Studies in the general population have looked at diets containing fish and it is not known whether diets or omega-3 fatty acids in fish may have a possible effect on a reduced risk of CHD. It is not known what effect omega-3 fatty acids may or may not have on risk of CHD in the general population.”

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