Walnuts – proven health benefits in a nutshell

Health Claims accepted and published by the European Union in 2012

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Health Claim for Walnuts

Benefits of walnuts related to maintenance of cardiovascular health have now been officially acknowledged by the European Union.

Approved Exclusive Walnut Health Claim

“Walnuts contribute to the improvement of the elasticity of the blood vessels.”
The claim may be used only for food which provides a daily intake of 30 g of walnuts.

Generic Health Claims that may be used by Walnuts and Walnut Products:

  1. “Alpha-linolenic acid contributes to the maintenance of
    normal blood cholesterol levels.”
    The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of ALA, meaning that it contains a minimum of 15% of the recommended daily intake of 2 gram plus at least 0,3 g alpha-linolenic acid per 100 g and per 100 kcal.

  2. “Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.” [MUFA + PUFA are unsaturated fats]
    The claim may be used only for food which is high in unsaturated fatty acids, meaning that at least 45 % of the fatty acids present in the product derive from polyunsaturated fat under the condition that polyunsaturated fat provides more than 20 % of energy of the product. Alternatively 70 % of the fatty acids present in the product can derive from unsaturated fat under the condition that unsaturated fat provides more than 20 % of energy of the product.  

  3. “Linoleic acid contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.”
    The claim may be used only for a food which provides at least 1,5 g of linoleic acid (LA) per 100 g and per 100 kcal.  

For more detailed information on walnut health claims, view the Official Journal of the European Union and its Annex.

Please note: If you would like to use one or all of the above health claims on your product, legal council is needed. CWC may not be held liable for any errors, inaccuracies or misuse with regards to the health claims.

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