Qualified Health Claim
On Oct. 6, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil on its potential to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The claim, which canola oil bottlers and makers of eligible products* may use on labels, states:
Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1½ tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit, canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains [x] grams of canola oil.
Canola oil is one of two culinary oils with such a claim and the only cooking oil that can say it is low in saturated fat (1 gram per serving) on product labels.
*Criteria for foods eligible to bear the claim include containing at least 4.75 grams of canola oil per reference amount customarily consumed, no more than one gram of trans fat and low levels of saturated fat and cholesterol.
USCA News Release 10.6.06
FDA Letter of Enforcement Discretion 10.6.06
Qualified Health Claim Q&A
Qualified Health Claim Research Summary
Video Interview with Guy H. Johnson, PhD, Nutrition Scientist
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