Hold the salt

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink and wear.
Thomas B. Macaulay–Historian

Ah, the things the American working class does not know. We are so stupid we do not even know how to season our food.

According to the Washington Post, Link coming soon to a store or restaurant near you, at the behest of the Food and Drug Administration, are controlled levels of salt in the food you buy. Yep, unrestricted use of salt will kill you. Everyone knows that hypertension and heart disease are caused by the overuse of salt. We should all restrict our diets to the 2300 mgs of salt that the FDA says is best for us.

The link between salt and the incidence of hypertension and heart disease is easily proven. All we have to do is look at the health of the countries using the most salt per capita. Take a look at Japan. Link They use much more salt than Americans and they . . . uh, wait, they are among the longest lived people in the world. Huh, that doesn’t seem right. How about the Jews. They load their food with kosher salt, and they . . . well, they are long lived too.

Well, there are some subsets of African Americans that unfortunately do have a high sensitivity to salt, but is that a reason to lower the daily requirement for the rest of the country? It turns out that 2300 mgs comes in at 17% lower than the lowest level worldwide, and . . . holy unsalted mackerel! It is 38% lower than the worldwide average sodium intake.

Why would our government want us to drop our salt intake to levels that play with the diseases brought on by salt depletion? There is a good reason. There is always a good reason. Usually it is because someone will be getting rich. All we have to do is figure out who it is. Meanwhile, start hording salt. No one knows how long it will be before the purchase of salt is banned. When this government involves itself in what is good for the people, it always goes overboard.


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