Packaged foods and dietary supplement labels are plastered with health claims such as "supports heart health," "promotes healthy joints," or "boosts immunity." As long as companies don't say their products prevent or cure diseases, statements like these are OK with the FDA. However, they often don't mean much. The FDA doesn't verify these claims, so there may be no real science behind them. Companies will also slap health claims on foods if one ingredient has a proven health benefit, but that doesn't mean the finished product does, too.
Credit: Tony Robins / Getty Images
The 2014 Adventure Issue
From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.
Plus: Building a Bigger Action Hero
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW
The Interpreters We Left Behind
The Rise of Cyclocross
Sign up to receive the Men’s Journal newsletter and special offers from MJ and its marketing partners.