Saturday, February 26, 2005

Flour is a food 'additive' too

Pssssst - I will give you a $100 for a gram of salt!

A consumer group sued the federal government on Thursday, saying that salt is killing tens of thousands of Americans and that regulators have done too little to control salt in food.

Despite advisories to take it easy on sodium, Americans are now consuming about 4,000 milligrams a day -- nearly double the recommended limit to keep blood pressure under control, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said.

So the CSPI renewed a lawsuit first filed in 1983 to ask federal courts to force the Food and Drug Administration to declare sodium a food additive instead of categorizing it as "generally recognized as safe." This would give the agency the authority to set limits for salt in foods.
Salt is perfectly safe and indeed necessary for human survival. Just because a few people cannot control their urges it doesn't follow that we should all pay for the bad habits of others.
"The medical community has reached a consensus that diets high in sodium are a major cause of high blood pressure as well as pre-hypertension, or blood pressure just short of high blood pressure," said Dr. Stephen Havas of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
And eating lots of chocolate and fast food will make a person fat. Soon enough the feds will be breaking down your door for salt, chips, pop and cigarettes.
Dr. Claude Lenfant, president of the World Hypertension League and a former head of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute supported the report.

"If we could reduce the sodium in processed and restaurant foods by half, we could save about 150,000 lives per year," he said.
If we fired people like you, we would all be more secure from the tyranny of government agencies. Poor health is not a crime.

Hat tip: AZ Perspective and Junk.

1 Comment:

MapMaster said...

If stupidity was a crime, everybody would be in jail.