Qualified Health Claim

FDA confirms canola oil may help reduce cardiovascular disease risk

On October 6, 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that canola oil is eligible to bear a qualified health claim on its ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to its unsaturated fat content.

Here's what the FDA approved for display on containers of canola oil and eligible products sold in the U.S.:

"Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 ½ 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."

NOTE: [x] would be the actual number of grams of canola in a product.

Criteria for foods eligible to bear the claim include those containing:

  • At least 4.75 grams of canola oil per reference amount customarily consumed
  • No more than one gram of trans fat
  • Low levels of saturated fat and cholesterol

Learn more about using the qualified health claim in promotional marketing.