While the FDA is practically wearing out its rubber stamp approving life-threatening drugs, it’s good to know it’s finally gotten serious about something.
It’s using our tax dollars to lower the hammer on two of the gravest threats to our health and well-being.
Nuts and grains.
The agency recently sent a scathing warning letter to the snack bar company KIND, saying it’s in violation of FDA rules by using the word “healthy” to describe its products. You’ve probably seen these KIND bars around – they’re mostly nuts, whole grains, coconut and seeds.
And apparently if KIND doesn’t stop calling them healthy, the FDA could seize the snack bars and snatch them right off store shelves.
That’s a lot of bureaucratic busy work all over…nuts.
It’s the nuts in those KIND bars that make them exceed the allowed amount of calories from saturated fat that the FDA says is “healthy.” Never mind that nuts are loaded with valuable fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Now, if you’re surprised to see the FDA suddenly strict on what it calls healthy, well, join the club. Because you won’t believe some of the foods that make the feds’ cut as a healthy snack.
Here’s one — Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Believe it or not, these neon orange glow sticks make the grade as a “smart snack” under Obama’s revised nutrition guidelines for schools.
Of course, when you read what’s in these Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, you’ll quickly realize it’s the sort of snack that should be locked up so school kids can’t get within a mile of it.
I’m talking about ingredients like artificial colors and MSG. Things that are especially dangerous for kids to eat. All Frito-Lay needed to do was cut the salt and add a sprinkling of whole grains to have its Cheetos snack eligible under the new “school wellness guidelines” that were released last year by the White House and USDA.
I guess if we wanted to be “kind,” we could say that where the government is concerned, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.
But maybe everyone is Washington is just plain nuts!
“Here’s a nutritionist’s take on the Kind Bar controversy” Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, April 16, 2015, Health, news.health.com