View Poll Results: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

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  • Yes, this is for the common good.

    14 22.22%
  • Warning labels and a public awareness campaign should be enough

    12 19.05%
  • Government managed healthcare gives them a vested interest in this

    1 1.59%
  • Processed food is so darned salty, I won't protest

    3 4.76%
  • As long as it's legal for folks to add more salt, I'm okay with it

    5 7.94%
  • The government is trying to micromanage our lives! No, this is ridiculous!

    22 34.92%
  • Other, please explain

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    So how much sodium did you consume yesterday? Was it higher or lower than the recommended daily allowance for you?
    She answered that already:


    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Today 1300 mg
    Yesterday 2196 mg
    Monday 1987 mg
    Sunday 1370 mg

    I could keep going...

    I mean, I know you weren't asking me and all, but what exactly WAS your point?
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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    She answered that already:
    Oops, sorry, missed that.

    My point was how many people actually know, and keep track like she does?

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    It doesn't actually affect people's dietary habits in any way shape or form.

    They are still absolutely free to put any amount of salt on to their food that they wish to put on it. It just regulates what the companies are allowed to put in the food that is involved in interstate commerce. People are still free to add more if they feel the need.
    It's the principle! And the fact that the government does not need to open that door any wider.

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Oops, sorry, missed that.

    My point was how many people actually know, and keep track like she does?
    That is irrelevant. What IS relevant is the fact that every single person CAN. With ease. It's not anyone elses job but THEIRS to monitor and regulate their sodium intake

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    No... but I'd love it if companies would willingly lower the salt levels, giving the customer the option to put their desired amount of salt on the food they eat.

    I would love to have less salt in the food I eat, mostly for health reasons. I don't always have time to make my own meals, and typically the on-the-go and pre-made foods I buy have a lot of salt in them.
    Yup, and if we do our job, and read up on things enough we can put the demand in place for this to be true. I don't think that the government should be limiting the salt either, if people want to eat too much salt then so be it. But a bit of information out there would be fine, and then we could handle the rest.
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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    That is irrelevant. What IS relevant is the fact that every single person CAN. With ease. It's not anyone elses job but THEIRS to monitor and regulate their sodium intake
    Yet most don't.

    (I think I know your response, and I don't necessarily disagree, I just want to explore this).

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post

    That is irrelevant. What IS relevant is the fact that every single person CAN. With ease.
    Easy? It is a pain in the butt and is time consuming.

    It's not anyone elses job but THEIRS to monitor and regulate their sodium intake
    I pretty much agree but I also think food manufactures have a responsibility as well like drug manufactures do.

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Yet most don't.

    (I think I know your response, and I don't necessarily disagree, I just want to explore this).
    LOL

    Their problem. Not mine, and not the government's. Every adult knows that too much sodium, salt, fat, etc is bad for them. Every adult knows that labels list the amounts of these things in the packaged foods they eat. Every adult knows how to add. And if they don't, there are calculators. There is no excuse for any adult, or teenager, not to be able to find, calculate, and monitor their nutrition. If they CHOOSE not to, that is their choice. Their body. Their health. I personally do not care how many people are obese, and it's not the government's job to care either.

    If people WANT to be healthier, they can be. It's all up to them.

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    LOL

    Their problem. Not mine, and not the government's. Every adult knows that too much sodium, salt, fat, etc is bad for them. Every adult knows that labels list the amounts of these things in the packaged foods they eat. Every adult knows how to add. And if they don't, there are calculators. There is no excuse for any adult, or teenager, not to be able to find, calculate, and monitor their nutrition. If they CHOOSE not to, that is their choice. Their body. Their health. I personally do not care how many people are obese, and it's not the government's job to care either.

    If people WANT to be healthier, they can be. It's all up to them.
    At what point are we going to start to care though? We're already at what, 67% of Americans are overweight? Are we going to wait until 90% until we realize that our system isn't working?

    Humans have evolved for millions of years to seek out foods with sugar, fat, and salt because it guaranteed our survival. Now that instinct is being turned against us to make a profit. I know we have a choice. But at what point are we concerned about our collective health enough to realize that most people don't make the right choice?

    Looking at it another way, given the choice, most people would drive well over the speed limit. But it's a danger to public safety, so we passed speed limit laws. I know it's not a perfect analogy, and I'm not suggesting we pass laws overseeing every part of nuitrition. But limiting salt would help millions of Americans. A few might be inconvenienced because they have to get their salt shakers.
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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    LOL

    Their problem. Not mine, and not the government's.
    But now we're back to the health care debate.

    It ends up being your problem anyway.

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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Actually, I'm not necessarily saying the governemnt "should" be mandating how much salt is put into foods, I'm saying it is one of the federal government's duties to regulate interstate trade, and thus, it is well withing it's right to do so.

    ...

    This includes salt.
    Interesting post. I just have one thing that bugs me.

    Your opinion is that if a state wants to put say, 10x the acceptable amount of arsenic into chicken feed, it's got the go ahead by you, as long as it doesn't cross state lines? That doesn't seem logical.
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