How many times have you read an article that told you a certain food or activity was bad for you, only to read an article years later telling you that previous warnings regarding that food or activity was nothing more than a bunch of crap? Lots, The Mayor is sure. The same goes for salt: governments everywhere have started to place restrictions on how much salt can be added to foods, telling us how bad salt is for our health – but is this true?
The six peer-reviewed medical studies documented:
Type 1 Diabetes risk: In a study of patients with type 1 diabetes, low sodium intake was associated with renal disease and premature death.
Type 2 Diabetes risk: In an Australian study of type 2 diabetes patients, lower sodium was associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
No benefit to salt reduction: A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed eating less salt will not prevent heart attacks, strokes or early death. On the contrary, low-sodium diets increase the likelihood of premature death.
Risk of death: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that lower salt intakes resulted in higher death rates.
Other negative effects of low-salt intakes: An analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed individuals placed on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines-recommended salt levels experienced significant increases in cholesterol and other risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Risk with current U.S. Dietary Guidelines: An analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people who ate salt at the levels recommended by the U.S. government were at greater risk of cardiovascular events.
Although The Mayor is a huge proponent of a bloated, inefficient government that overreaches its mandate in every possible way, he does wonder how it is possible for government to be on the wrong side of every issue every single time. Not even the broken clock theory is on the government’s side. You can always be rest assured that whatever the government says is true, is false. Whatever they say is right, is wrong. Whatever they say to do, run the hell away in the opposite direction as fast as you can.
But what ends up happening is that all the government programs that are “for the children”, always turn out to be an invasive cancer on its citizens. Look at what has happened with salt, for instance. A few years back you started to hear rumblings about how bad salt was for you. At first you would hear the odd story about how “a new study indicates salt may actually be bad for you…”. Then all of a sudden things started to ramp up. Government officials started to appear on the idiot tube telling us that the government has to start a program to educate people on the evils of salt. All of a sudden school cafeterias became the government playground. They started telling schools how much salt can go into each dish, and what foods had to be eliminated (for the children, dontchaknow). When good people said nothing (as is always the case), these power-hungry arseholes ramped it up.
Next the government went after the fast food restaurants, telling them what they should and shouldn’t have on their menus. How dare McDonald’s offer a food with 85% of the daily sodium allowance? This cannot be tolerated, things must change…for the children. Next, the mayor of NY mandated how much salt can be used in each meal in NY restaurants. Imagine, the government telling restaurants how to cook. But no one said a thing…because this was all for the children.
And finally, some fat ass president’s wife whose favourite food is chicken wings and chocolate covered bacon caramel cashews has the nerve to tell American’s they need to make more responsible food choices. A woman with an ass the size of a Mack truck tire telling folks that THEY need to control what they eat. Actually, what she said is that RESTAURANTS need to do a better job at what they put on their menu. Meaning, if they don’t comply to the letter of what the government is saying, the government will see to it that they do.
And that’s how it all started. And now salt is evil. Even though it’s great. And now we get to eat bland, tasteless food. And now our kids have their cafeteria filled with tofu and other inedible garbage, and now our choices have been taken away by power-hungry idiots whose only wish is to control every aspect of our lives.
That’s why the advocates of anti-salt and their dirty ilk need to be shouted down and ridiculed. They need to have their jobs and livelihood threatened, just like they do to the people that oppose them. That would be us. Or at least me. Take these vermin on, never let them away with even an inch, because we all know what they’ll do if they get it.
The How Do Gardener