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(New York Daily News)   Oh Noes, the FDA is coming for our salt with the sole intention of making all the food we eat blander. Hide it, hoard it   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
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2014-06-18 11:08:02 AM  
Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition and medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health, said restaurants and food companies would have to confront the issue sooner or later.

"It just appalls me how much salt the chefs will just pour on the food," said Sacks. "It's sort of a lazy way of flavoring food. The food industry will eventually be pushed to respond."


Notice that his qualifications don't include "chef"
 
2014-06-18 12:12:48 PM  
Only a few people (~7%) are sensitive to sodium levels.
 
2014-06-18 12:13:58 PM  
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the government can make big impact by working with the food industry to lower sodium levels. The FDA has no time frame on when the new voluntary guidelines will be rolled out.

Key word is voluntary, so food industry, keep slathering on the salt till the very aroma of the food causes blood pressures to spike.
 
2014-06-18 12:14:12 PM  
'bout damn time.
 
2014-06-18 12:15:44 PM  
The only thing that stops a bad guy with salt is a good guy with salt.
 
2014-06-18 12:15:58 PM  
Headline NACL'd it.
 
2014-06-18 12:16:01 PM  
disapproves
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-18 12:16:08 PM  
On Fark, everything is an outrage.
 
2014-06-18 12:16:16 PM  
I think I saw this movie.

"You are fined one credit....."
 
2014-06-18 12:16:17 PM  
If you don't like the amount of salt in your pre-packaged foods... make your own damn dinner.
 
2014-06-18 12:16:37 PM  

Prey4reign: Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the government can make big impact by working with the food industry to lower sodium levels. The FDA has no time frame on when the new voluntary guidelines will be rolled out.

Key word is voluntary, so food industry, keep slathering on the salt till the very aroma of the food causes blood pressures to spike.


Don't you know?  When the Evil Lord Gummint says something is "voluntary", they mean it will be MANDATORY within a year!
 
2014-06-18 12:16:44 PM  
A high-carb diet raises blood pressure A LOT more than salt ever could. In fact, salt has no effect on the blood pressure of most people. That said, this doesn't bother me.
 
2014-06-18 12:17:55 PM  
Voluntary. No time frame.

Why, son, that's some fine regulation you got there.

Excuse me while I go and treble my blood pressure on some deep-fried pork rinds.
 
2014-06-18 12:18:50 PM  
"The government wants Americans to get used to eating foods with less of their favorite seasoning - salt."

Then they will have to ban these;
www.mattbodnar.com
 
2014-06-18 12:19:23 PM  
One of the problems is that we're conditioned to like salty food. Ever since the FAT IZ BAD movement, food products have replaced fat with salt to maintain flavor. Problem is, they use too damn much. So people get used to salty foods and oversalt their own cooking.

I've taken to salting during cooking and not at the table, so I enhance the flavor rather than just make a saltier version of something that tasted just fine before I reached for the shaker.
 
2014-06-18 12:20:06 PM  
You don't need to add salt to food.
 
2014-06-18 12:20:17 PM  
I see it has already been covered but the vast majority of people can process as much salt as they take in without a problem. In this day and age it amazes me that "common knowledge" like "you have to watch your sodium intake" still exists.
 
2014-06-18 12:20:48 PM  
And be sure to use organic sea salt to limit your exposure to chemicals.

/snark
 
2014-06-18 12:21:55 PM  

foxyshadis: On Fark, everything is an outrage.


OH MY GOD! NO IT ISN'T!! WHY WOULD YOU EVEN SAY SUCH NONSENSE!!
 
2014-06-18 12:22:10 PM  
This is going to impact my new line of Sugarsaltfat bars.
 
2014-06-18 12:22:14 PM  

ArkAngel: Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition and medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health, said restaurants and food companies would have to confront the issue sooner or later.

"It just appalls me how much salt the chefs will just pour on the food," said Sacks. "It's sort of a lazy way of flavoring food. The food industry will eventually be pushed to respond."

Notice that his qualifications don't include "chef"


I wonder what non-chain restaurant he's been frequenting that slathers on the salt to such horrific levels. If he's routinely eating at Taco Bell or Olive Garden, yeah, I can agree, but any cook worth their salt (hurr hurr) knows when to stop seasoning.
 
2014-06-18 12:22:29 PM  
Cook all your own food.  It tastes better(assuming that you have some clue what you're doing) .  It's healthier(assuming that you have some clue what you're doing).  You get better at cooking over time, so your food ends up healthier and better over time as long as your idea of good isn't white-trash twinkies-in-a-tortilla.
 
2014-06-18 12:22:32 PM  

jst3p: I see it has already been covered but the vast majority of people can process as much salt as they take in without a problem. In this day and age it amazes me that "common knowledge" like "you have to watch your sodium intake" still exists.


True, but those in the tiny minority get tired of celery and tofu - once in a while you want a goddamn big mac!
 
2014-06-18 12:23:45 PM  
Good.

Nearly everything on the grocery store shelves has way to much salt in it and trying to find low sodium products is damn near impossible. Sodium isn't only for people with heart disease and high blood pressure, excess sodium also makes you retain water as well. A high salt diet can easily give you an extra 5-10 pounds of water weight.
 
2014-06-18 12:24:58 PM  
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About damn time. Have you tried eating frozen pizza or lasagna lately? They're so damn salty it burns my mouth. There is zero reason it goes beyond pleasantly salty into Dead Sea Tomato Paste salty. I like a little salt on my food, but I'll put it there, thanks.
 
2014-06-18 12:27:06 PM  
Professor Ronald Penny in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead said 70 percent of diseases we face today are based on lifestyle choices--salt, sugar, fat, caffeine, among the dietary choices.

And, given my history of choices and their effects on my health, I'd say "I totally agree" and "Please pass the ketchup and the salt".
 
2014-06-18 12:27:44 PM  
I'm not trying to go all food nazi: but restaurants should never be pre-salting french fries.
 
2014-06-18 12:28:15 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Prey4reign: Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the government can make big impact by working with the food industry to lower sodium levels. The FDA has no time frame on when the new voluntary guidelines will be rolled out.

Key word is voluntary, so food industry, keep slathering on the salt till the very aroma of the food causes blood pressures to spike.

Don't you know?  When the Evil Lord Gummint says something is "voluntary", they mean it will be MANDATORY within a year!


From the article:

Experts said the guidelines are a good starting point, but would not put enough pressure on eateries to limit their use of salt.

"If one company doesn't lower it, then another one won't," said Lisa Young, an adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University. "If it's mandatory, and everyone starts lowering sodium, then we're in good shape."

So, yeah -- pretty much.
 
2014-06-18 12:29:13 PM  

Explodo: Cook all your own food.  It tastes better(assuming that you have some clue what you're doing) .  It's healthier(assuming that you have some clue what you're doing).  You get better at cooking over time, so your food ends up healthier and better over time as long as your idea of good isn't white-trash twinkies-in-a-tortilla.


I made my first batch of refried beans--from overnight soak to fry skillet. Much tastier than anything out of a can and very simple ingredients with just a hint of pesticide and arsenic.

I'M DOOMED BUT DON'T THE BEANS TASTE GREAT!
 
2014-06-18 12:29:29 PM  
Every single republican and gop member should be against this.  This 100% flies in the face of personal responsibility.
 
2014-06-18 12:30:18 PM  
OMG, what next?  My HFCS?  how am I going to maintain my morbid obesity if you take away all the stuff that allows me to basically eat anything including cardboard and love it???
 
2014-06-18 12:30:28 PM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: Professor Ronald Penny in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead said 70 percent of diseases we face today are based on lifestyle choices--salt, sugar, fat, caffeine, among the dietary choices.

And, given my history of choices and their effects on my health, I'd say "I totally agree" and "Please pass the ketchup and the salt".


Scratch caffeine from that list.
 
2014-06-18 12:30:58 PM  

Thelyphthoric: jst3p: I see it has already been covered but the vast majority of people can process as much salt as they take in without a problem. In this day and age it amazes me that "common knowledge" like "you have to watch your sodium intake" still exists.

True, but those in the tiny minority get tired of celery and tofu - once in a while you want a goddamn big mac!


Tough shiat. The world doesn't need to be adjusted for every single broken person out there.
 
2014-06-18 12:31:50 PM  

bikerbob59: You don't need to add salt to food.


you don't need to but it is a flavor enhancer that makes just about anything taste better, go on eating your bland food though
 
2014-06-18 12:33:15 PM  

bikerbob59: You don't need to add salt to food.


Humans don't need to do 99.9% of the things we do.
 
2014-06-18 12:34:19 PM  

ArkAngel: Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition and medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health, said restaurants and food companies would have to confront the issue sooner or later.

"It just appalls me how much salt the chefs will just pour on the food," said Sacks. "It's sort of a lazy way of flavoring food. The food industry will eventually be pushed to respond."

Notice that his qualifications don't include "chef"


That's okay.

img2-1.timeinc.net

I don't think this guy earned an MD.
 
2014-06-18 12:36:23 PM  

Explodo: Cook all your own food.  It tastes better(assuming that you have some clue what you're doing) .  It's healthier(assuming that you have some clue what you're doing).  You get better at cooking over time, so your food ends up healthier and better over time as long as your idea of good isn't white-trash twinkies-in-a-tortilla.


Not a good idea, but a GREAT one!
With bacon!
 
2014-06-18 12:37:40 PM  
Example #19,265,673,248,913,564 of why I oppose single-payer healthcare. If we had it, you can bet your ass that such regulations wouldn't be 'voluntary'. So, the next time single-payer is suggested and inevitably shot down, all of you who are for such things should stop biatching about the opposition and go out and punch a 'stop liking what I don't like' authoritarian farkwit like this guy in the face.

People like him are why we can't have nice things.
 
2014-06-18 12:39:15 PM  
In America, first you get the salt. Then you get the power. Then you get the women.
 
2014-06-18 12:40:21 PM  

bikerbob59: You don't need to add salt to food.


^ This. I haven't used a salt shaker in 15 years. If the food has no flavor, buy better food.
 
2014-06-18 12:40:28 PM  

umad: Example #19,265,673,248,913,564 of why I oppose single-payer healthcare. If we had it, you can bet your ass that such regulations wouldn't be 'voluntary'. So, the next time single-payer is suggested and inevitably shot down, all of you who are for such things should stop biatching about the opposition and go out and punch a 'stop liking what I don't like' authoritarian farkwit like this guy in the face.

People like him are why we can't have nice things.


u mad?
 
2014-06-18 12:42:28 PM  

miss diminutive: In America, first you get the salt. Then you get the power. Then you get the women.


www.worldofronah.com
 
2014-06-18 12:46:31 PM  
Sucks to be you nerds.  I have my own backup supply of salt.

i58.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-18 12:47:44 PM  
DIAF anti-salters!
 
2014-06-18 12:49:24 PM  

Phony_Soldier: DIAF anti-salters!


If you fight them, you will get charged with the easiest pun there is to make.
 
2014-06-18 12:50:16 PM  
You mean salt is not bad for you?  I thought THE DEBATE WAS OVER, THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED.
 
2014-06-18 12:51:25 PM  

mjohnson71: I'm not trying to go all food nazi: but restaurants should never be pre-salting french fries.


OMG, really?
 
2014-06-18 12:51:41 PM  
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Everything is proceeding according to plan...
 
2014-06-18 12:51:55 PM  
I farking love salt.  Love it.  As a kid I'd suck on rock salt when I shoveled the driveway (from the bag of snow melt rock salt - probably full of all sorts of nasty other crap).  For me, most foods are merely mediums for salt delivery.

That being said, the processed food industry really needs to look at their ingredients and giving people options to add ingredients to their liking is a good idea.  Not just salt but everyone's favorite HFCS.  Or consumers need to just think a bit and look at labels.  Of course, it's too much to expect people to think, read or act responsibly.
 
2014-06-18 12:54:25 PM  
Of course, removing additional salt from processed foods will only result in people adding more on their own.

Ever eat unsalted tomato soup? Real bland. Actually the majority of your veggies are bland without salt. Most folks will simply add more to taste.

Maybe it might be better to go after the hidden sugars in processed foods or the hidden cholesterol in margarine spreads.
 
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