Keepers of the Food

I’m a Democrat…I think regulation of some industries is a good thing. But even I think that a call for government regulation of salt is just downright silly.

The big three components when it comes down to stuff-in-food-that-may-be-bad-for-you-if-you-over-indulge include salt, fat, and sugar. Of those three, sugar is the one that may actually cause the most damage over time. Ironically, sugar is the one product which is relatively new to our diet, becoming a staple sometime in the 1500′s if memory serves correctly. Both salt and fat have been part of our diets since…well…since we started getting fish out of the oceans.

Another issue here is that salt may not be the end all be all problem that the Center for Science in the Public Interest think it is. As an article in the Guardian notes, it’s quite possible that some of us can eat above average amounts of salt without living dangerously. There are as many studies showing a relationship (not a causality, which is something entirely different) between high sodium intake and hypertension as there are studies that show that hypertension is based off of appetite, genetic inheritance and environment.

In short, the results on salt aren’t in yet.

Besides, even if it were shown conclusively that salt was responsible for high-blood pressure, should I, as an informed consumer, be willing to subject myself to the risk that it may cause, instead of an advocacy group telling me that I can’t?

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