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

    6 9.52%
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    Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    Here's the story:

    U.S. Plans Drive to Limit Salt in Foods - Fitness - FOXNews.com

    U.S. regulators are planning a push to gradually cut the amount of salt Americans consume, saying less sodium would reduce deaths from hypertension and heart disease, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

    The effort would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in processed foods, the newspaper
    reported. The plan is to be launched this year but officials have not set salt limits.

    The government plans to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to ratchet down sodium consumption, the newspaper said, citing U.S. Food and Drug Administration sources.

    U.S. researchers said in a recent study that working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the U.S. government $32 billion in healthcare costs.

    Eating too much salt is a major cause of high blood pressure, which the Institute of Medicine, one of the National Academies of Sciences, last week declared a "neglected disease" that costs the U.S. health system $73 billion a year.
    Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

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

    If the salt content in foods is demonstrably high as such to pose a health risk even with very sparing consumption, then I think yes.
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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

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

    Absolutely not.


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

    I think the government can find better things to do than monitor our sodium intake for us.





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

    Quote Originally Posted by hiswoman View Post
    I think the government can find better things to do than monitor our sodium intake for us.

    I agree, but the best way to make health care cheaper is for people to be more healthy. This is why I voted "public awareness campaigns"... I wouldn't force companies to put warning labels on their foods.

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

    Yes, I think it's an issue that needs looked at. Almost EVERYTHING has much higher levels of sodium than it needs to anymore.
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    Re: Should the Federal Government push food processors into lowering salt content?

    I don't think that when people bite into a BigMac, they mistakenly identified it as vitamins. People know what they want, and how they want it. I'd like people to be given the details on sodium content but to prevent it completely? Sillyness.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by hiswoman View Post
    I think the government can find better things to do than monitor our sodium intake for us.

    It's cheaper than covering your health care when you get diseases from too much salt.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    I don't think that when people bite into a BigMac, they mistakenly identified it as vitamins. People know what they want, and how they want it. I'd like people to be given the details on sodium content but to prevent it completely? Sillyness.
    Regulators don't want to prevent it completely, they want to lower it.

    The argument that people know what they want is weakened if you consider the different types of 'wants', i.e. first- and second-order. The easiest way to define these is to say that first-order wants are impulsive and second-order wants are considered.

    Using this method we can see that the two 'wants' in this situation fall into different camps. The want to eat a fatty, salty, tasty Big Mac is a first order want. The want to be free of disease and bodily harm that can result from excessive salt intake is second order because it requires reflection on one's immediate actions. Taking regulatory action to lower salt content of foods therefore continues to recognise 'wants', merely a different kind of them.

    Lastly, I should still be able to enjoy tasty fast food without such a stratospheric salt content.

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