Sprouted, raw sunflower seed claims

The package for a raw, sprouted sunflower seed product makes claims ("jam packed," "great source of," "contains," etc.) about vitamin E, selenium, fiber, folate, iron and zinc.


Any mention of a nutrient on the package or in marketing materials, even when there is no descriptive phrase such as "high in" or "good source of," is an implied claim that the nutrient is present at least at the "good source" level (10% of Daily Value). None of those nutrients is present at that level, according to the product Nutrition Facts data, and in some cases the nutrient doesn't even show up on the nutrition panel, which invalidates any claim instantly. Likewise, most of the health claims ("prevent cell damage,"lower LDL cholesterol," etc.) are invalid and would be considered drug claims, which cannot be made for foods.


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