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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Again, there are labels and serving sizes. People are exceeding the serving sizes. Why should the food companies be punished when it is the people screwing up?
    I'm not sure how you figure this to be some kind of punishment?

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    I'm not sure how you figure this to be some kind of punishment?
    By having to alter their manufacturing process and the formulas for their products. It's actually a science to balance the flavors and the preservative qualities fo processed foods.

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Then what's the point of restricting the amount in prepackaged foods? It's a pointless exercise in growing the bureaucratic nanny state.
    I don't understand that response... How did you get "a pointless exercise" from my post?

    And if you're worried about someone's actions affecting others, then speed limits should be no higher than 25 mph everywhere. Would you support that in the interest of the greater good?
    That's a false analogy A) because there is already restrictions on speed and B) because you can add salt to your food.

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    So choose a different bread with a lower sodium content. Or here's an idea: don't have a sandwich.

    My point was that you have tools available to help you make wise decisions. If you have a sodium problem, thats on you. It's not on the rest of the country to have the government step in and tell manufacturers to limit their sodium content because you failed to research what you put in your body.
    Why are you so against LIMITING the amount of sodium in pre-packaged foods, aren't there limits on other chemicals/contaminants/impurities as well? I don't hear you complaining that we should have more Red Dye in our foods... as an example and what do you know, M&M's didn't go the way of the Dodo.

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    It seems to be a common theme in this thread that these proposed regulations will really not do much to impact people's salt consumption, since you can still ad as much salt as you want, and consume as much prepackaged food as you want.

    So what's the benefit of this regulation, then? Is it worth the cost of creating and enforcing the regulation, not to mention the added cost to businesses to adjust their products and packaging?

    Honestly, all I see is additional federal intrusion into the marketplace, with no perceptible benefit to Americans.
    What are you talking about? Of course it will be of benefit, especially to children who increasingly pop frozen foods into the microwave and generally could give a crap about the labels.

    Not to mention the fact that if you eat a Pepperoni Hot Pocket for example, 850mg sodium. Your secondary argument seems to be that if they cut the sodium to 425mg you seem to think people will eat 2 of them just to get the same amount of salt. Seems pretty ridiculous when you actually think about it, eh?

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Don't you know? It gives liberal hysterics a chance to codefy their hysterical cause du jour into a law for the rest of us to deal with. Because you know...you can't possibly know what's good for you without some liberal nutjob standing over you telling you what's good for you.

    The only benefit is to make a whiney segment of the population feel good about their dramatics.
    The only ones I see being hysterical are the OH NO DON'T TOUCH MY MEDICARE... I mean SALT, folks.

    Not to mention that it's not the "liberals" who found that Americans are consuming too much salt for their own good. Which BTW kinda shoots down the whole, 'we can decide for ourselves if it's good for us or not'.
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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    Why are you so against LIMITING the amount of sodium in pre-packaged foods, aren't there limits on other chemicals/contaminants/impurities as well? I don't hear you complaining that we should have more Red Dye in our foods... as an example and what do you know, M&M's didn't go the way of the Dodo.
    First of all, I am not advocating that we should have more sodium in our food either so your comparison is invalid from the start.

    Secondly, red dye is not a natural element our bodies need anyway. It serves no purpose save pure cosmetics and whether you consumed a gallon or a drop, the effects were harmful.

    Third, what I AM against is another expansion of government intrusion into the market place. Consumption of sodium in processed food is not a health risk. OVER consumption of processed food is the health risk. I don't see how limiting any one ingredient is going to change habits of OVER consumption of the whole food itself. It's a meaningless bandaid measure that attempts to cure a severed limb.

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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    By having to alter their manufacturing process and the formulas for their products. It's actually a science to balance the flavors and the preservative qualities fo processed foods.
    Well **** man, let's put the lead back in paint. God forbid we should stop corporations from poisoning the public for profit. Why is everything about profit to you corporatists? Oh wait... never mind.

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