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The fight over Salt ………Which could be helping making people sick…….

Most of us American’s have High Blood Pressure…..

It results from a whole of things…. including Salt….

As the health industry educates the public of the association between Salt and Hyper-Tension the sale of salt has begun to drop…..

Manufacturers are beginning to work at cutting down the use of compaound….and that means less sales…..

The Salt industry is fighting back with a media campaign to bolster their product….

The amazing thing is that we have become salt junkies….Removing it from use is a card the Industry plays prominently

The compound is in almost every food that is on the shelves….In huge amounts……

From Breakfast Cereal to Soup……

The battle to remove the compound has already begun and the Salt Industry is not giving an inch…..

Stacking study members in their favor and applying political pressure on the FDA…….

The F.D.A. announced in 2007 that it was aware of that problem, but it has taken no action. The federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is considering adopting the lower standard for everyone as part of its review of nutrition standards.

The food industry has identified the guidelines as a battleground. The panel needs “to include expertise and perspective related to food product development,” the Grocery Manufacturers Association wrote to the Agriculture Department in nominating 7 of the panel’s 13 members.

Food companies then peppered the committee with their perspective on salt. In a letter, Kellogg said that lower salt guidelines were “incompatible with a palatable diet.”

ConAgra, whose brands include Chef Boyardee and Orville Redenbacher, made a different argument to the panel. It submitted a study it commissioned that asserted that far more savings in health care costs — about $58 billion — could be generated if people simply cut 100 calories from their daily diets than if they consumed less salt.

The study put the savings from salt reduction at just $2.3 billion, compared with the $18 billion to $24 billion in savings cited by other analysts, including the Rand Corporation, the research giant. One scientist involved in the research, David A. McCarron, a longtime food industry consultant, said ConAgra’s lower estimate stemmed from its more judicious use of hypertension data.

How the industry will fare in the fight over nutrition standards will not be clear until they are finalized later this year. But in committee meetings, some members nominated by the industry have voiced concerns about cutting salt.

Joanne L. Slavin, a committee member and nutrition professor at the University of Minnesota, told her colleagues that reducing salt in bread was difficult and warned of unintended consequences. It is an argument also made by food companies.

“Typically, sodium, sugar bounces around,” she said. “So you take sodium down in a product and then sugar a lot of times has to go up just for taste.”



May 30, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Health, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , ,


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  2. When I was real little I use to drown my french fries in salt

    then one time I put so much salt I got ill

    from that day forward I stopped adding salt to my fries

    nowadays I go with Barbie Q sauce or mustard

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

    • They salt the things anyways…..I love French Fries

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  3. They salt the things anyways…
    I KNOW

    I use to add 3-4 additional salt packs

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  4. Damn!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  5. consuming CELERY lowers your blood pressure

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. Get a link on that please…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 2, 2010 | Reply

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