Feds vs Salt

The Federal government is now taking it upon itself to regulate how much salt you get in your food.

The Washington Post reports:

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

Moe Lane at Red State isn’t too happy:

…because, of course, the FDA has nothing better to do with its time.  Look, I understand that the nanny-state Left doesn’t trust its own judgment and ability to make informed decisions, and that’s fine.  In fact, I agree with them: I don’t trust their judgment or ability to make informed decisions, either.  But why do they insist on trying to interfere with my judgment or ability to make informed decisions? – Aside from them generally being annoying neo-Puritan gloom-magnets, of course.

At any rate, I can’t wait to see the FDA explain to the American people why they can’t have proper bacon anymore…

Nor is Van Helsing at Moonbattery:

The plan is to impose a gradual reduction so that we won’t notice that our food doesn’t taste good anymore— a perfect metaphor for the creeping totalitarianism that calls itself liberalism.


Supposedly suppressing salt will make the minority with high blood pressure less likely to suffer the sort of health problems that are also caused by overweight and inactivity. If the government can tell you how much salt you can eat, it can also tell you how much you can weigh and how many jumping jacks you need to do in front of your Telescreen every morning.

This is the real legacy of Obamacare. When the government has a vested interest in promoting what it believes to be a certain level of health, because it is paying for your medical care, it gets to control every aspect of your life, from what you eat to how active you are. I’m waiting for the mandatory jogging programs.


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