Table 2

Status of Health Claims

Approved Health Claims for Dietary Supplements
and Conventional Foods

Calcium and osteoporosis
Folate and neural tube defects
Soluble fiber from whole oats and coronary heart disease
Soluble fiber from psyllium husks and coronary heart disease
Sugar alcohols and dental caries

Approved Health Claims for
Conventional Foods Only

Dietary lipids and cancer
Dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and coronary heart disease
Fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables and cancer
Fruits and vegetables and cancer (for foods that are naturally a "good source" of vitamin A, vitamin C, or dietary fiber)
Fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, and coronary heart disease
Sodium and hypertension

Health Claims Not Authorized

Antioxidant vitamins and cancer
Dietary fiber and cancer
Dietary fiber and cardiovascular disease
Omega-3 fatty acids and coronary heart disease
Zinc and immune function in the elderly


Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels