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I’ve been on a strict low-sodium diet and can attest your palate will adjust. I can taste the tiniest amount of salt in foods including the natural salt. The government however should stay out of the issue. It was our government and its health policies and farm subsidies policies that got us in this health mess in the first place. I grew up rarely eating any fast food or processed food other than a breakfast cereal. That all changed in the 70s. You eliminate salt and the manufacturers will only add something else to compensate. We eat processed chemicals now, not food if it comes in a package.
Some good points, except I wouldn’t blame the government for “this health mess.” A little of it, certainly – they’re responsible for corn syrup supplanting sugar in the American diet. But on balance, the government is on the side of the good guys in this battle. I’m not crazy about them regulating salt content of food, but the details will tell if this is as nutty as it sounds at first glance.
What if Lay’s could make their potato chips more fun for their customers by sprinkling them with THC? Or cocaine? Why not just let the marketplace decide? Because we’ve decided that it’s better for us, as a society, if we tried to keep as many people as possible from becoming cokeheads. And don’t bring up the fact that coke and pot are illegal – they’re only illegal because the government says they are. That’s the FDA’s job – to help protect us from stuff like that.
Read The Jungle again to remind yourself of what can happen when corporations are allowed to operate without oversight and regulations. Then understand why Teddy Roosevelt’s Pure Food and Drug Act (precursor to the FDA) was long overdue.
Corn syrup or cane sugar, it is the same thing health wise. But the government did set into policy through subsidies that farmers pretty much grow nothing but corn and soybeans and the result is maximizing those two crops by making processed foods and promoting large production concentrated cheap beef. Our diets are totally out of kilter because of that. We don’t eat much real unprocessed food anymore.
There is regulation to control industry in regard to sanitation, health and safety, but big brother dictation such as sodium content in foods will most likely result in unintended consequences. Besides, our government Democrats and Republicans alike are controlled by big monied special interest groups in one shade or another. Even our government’s involvement in sanitation in the beef slaughtering industry has resulted in CAFCOs, unnaturally corn fed beef, and virtually no natural grass fed as ruminating evolution intended local beef. That there is an example of unintended consequences (or intended by those big monied special interests).