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

    Why are you guys on the right always so knee jerk to everything? It is a basic pillar of conservatism that the government should only intervene in the markets when there is a market failure.

    Folks, in terms of our food consumption and choices, we obviously have ourselves a market failure:



    It has gotten so bad that it's literally like crack to some Americans:



    In all seriousness, humans like most land mammals have evolved with a strong craving for salt because salt is usually in very short supply for land animals in nature. However, the problem is now that we have an abundance of salt available to us today, yet we still have the cravings for it that are an evolutionary adaption to living in an environment where salt was scarce. Thus, there is probably a role for regulating salt content in processed foods, or at the very least doing a better job with product labeling in regards to salt content.
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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Why are you guys on the right always so knee jerk to everything?
    Probably because you guys on the left are so quick to codefy your causes du jour into permanent laws we are stuck with when the panic dies down.

    It is a basic pillar of conservatism that the government should only intervene in the markets when there is a market failure.
    True. But it's also a pillar of conservativism to require everyone to have some personal responsibility.

    Folks, in terms of our food consumption and choices, we obviously have ourselves a market failure:
    No, we have ourselves a personal responsibility failure.

    It has gotten so bad that it's literally like crack to some Americans:
    And you won't see me advocating for the government regulation of cocaine content per rock either.

    In all seriousness, humans like most land mammals have evolved with a strong craving for salt because salt is usually in very short supply for land animals in nature. However, the problem is now that we have an abundance of salt available to us today, yet we still have the cravings for it that are an evolutionary adaption to living in an environment where salt was scarce. Thus, there is probably a role for regulating salt content in processed foods, or at the very least doing a better job with product labeling in regards to salt content.
    I would go for full disclosure of nutritional information in every product. But you know what? I bet there's already an app for that, too.

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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
    I guess for me it's that every time you give the government an inch, it ends up taking a mile. Also, I don't like this social structure we have of blaming the nebulous and faceless manufacturer/system/"man" for the poor choices of the individual.
    Like I said earlier I understand where you are coming from about government interference. And I also agree that blame doesn't solely go to the manufacture. It is also the individual's fault for not eating properly. I just feel if the companies can reduce the amount of sodium in their product, and it does not cost them a lot why not do it?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Like I said earlier I understand where you are coming from about government interference. And I also agree that blame doesn't solely go to the manufacture. It is also the individual's fault for not eating properly. I just feel if the companies can reduce the amount of sodium in their product, and it does not cost them a lot why not do it?
    I agree. I just don't think they should be forced to do so by government intervention. But we could go around like this for another 10 pages. I hear what you are saying and am glad you hear what I am saying. I guess thats better than most threads go. LOL

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelzie View Post
    It's really hard to take the salt out of food.
    Just eat more potassium.
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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    In all seriousness, humans like most land mammals have evolved with a strong craving for salt because salt is usually in very short supply for land animals in nature. However, the problem is now that we have an abundance of salt available to us today, yet we still have the cravings for it that are an evolutionary adaption to living in an environment where salt was scarce. Thus, there is probably a role for regulating salt content in processed foods, or at the very least doing a better job with product labeling in regards to salt content.
    More government regulation isn't going to reduce people's consumption of salt one iota, simply because it's so easy to get. If you reduce it in the prepackaged foods, then people that want more salt will just grab the salt shaker and add more. This is just more "feel good" nonsense that will have no beneficial long-term benefit, unless you see a larger government bureaucracy as a good thing.
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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
    More government regulation isn't going to reduce people's consumption of salt one iota, simply because it's so easy to get. If you reduce it in the prepackaged foods, then people that want more salt will just grab the salt shaker and add more. This is just more "feel good" nonsense that will have no beneficial long-term benefit, unless you see a larger government bureaucracy as a good thing.
    Not really. When I was crunched for time a couple years ago, I ate a lot of frozen dinners. I could tell I was getting too much sodium (water retention, heart burn, etc). I make almost everything I eat now and I use a LOT of salt. Haven't had a single problem. There's a lot more sodium in processed food than in the home made version of the same thing.


    Interestingly enough, it appears the processed food producers are completely on board. So is it okay if Americans eat less salt because private companies force them to?
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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelzie View Post
    Not really. When I was crunched for time a couple years ago, I ate a lot of frozen dinners. I could tell I was getting too much sodium (water retention, heart burn, etc). I make almost everything I eat now and I use a LOT of salt. Haven't had a single problem. There's a lot more sodium in processed food than in the home made version of the same thing.


    Interestingly enough, it appears the processed food producers are completely on board. So is it okay if Americans eat less salt because private companies force them to?
    Private companies don't force people to eat less sodium. And I seriously doubt anyone would have a problem with any private company decreasing or INcreasing the sodium in their products. That is their choice, as it is the choice of the consumers to buy their products.

    But the government forcing private companies to reduce sodium just to save us from ourselves is utter and complete bull****.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Private companies don't force people to eat less sodium. And I seriously doubt anyone would have a problem with any private company decreasing or INcreasing the sodium in their products. That is their choice, as it is the choice of the consumers to buy their products.

    But the government forcing private companies to reduce sodium just to save us from ourselves is utter and complete bull****.
    Interesting distinction. What if the private companies did it to save us from ourselves?
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    Re: FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelzie View Post
    Interesting distinction. What if the private companies did it to save us from ourselves?
    As long as the government isn't forcing them, I don't give a **** what the private companies do. It's their choice. As it should be.

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