Nanny State: Feds Warn Of 'Salt Abuse'; Too Much Bread...

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    Uh oh, I sense another Socialist/Nanny Stater Ban coming on. Could Salt go the way of your old light bulbs? Stay tuned i guess.


    CDC: Bread beats out chips as biggest salt source.

    Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips.

    That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn - which we think of as the saltiest foods in our diet - are only No. 10," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

    Breads and rolls aren't really saltier than many of the other foods, but people tend to eat a lot of them, said Mary Cogswell, a CDC senior scientist who co-authored the report.

    Salt is the main source of sodium for most people, and sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Health officials say most Americans get too much salt, mostly from processed and restaurant foods - not added from the salt shaker.

    Experts have known that the sodium in breads and certain other foods can add up, but even CDC officials were amazed that just 10 foods are responsible for 44 percent of the sodium consumed.

    "It's possible to eat a whole bunch of sodium without it seeming salty," noted John Hayes, an assistant professor of food science at Penn State, who was not involved in the report.

    According to the CDC, breads and rolls account for about 7 percent of the salt that the average American eats in a day. Next on the list: cold cuts and cured meats; pizza; fresh and processed poultry; soups; fast-food hamburgers and sandwiches and cheese.

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    I see nothing wrong with this public service announcement. Plus, I see no policies being made regarding this, except for NYC which is the King of Nanny States (but none at the federal level).


    The sad truth is that America is undergoing a sodium epidemic which causes a myriad of easily preventable health problems. While I have no problem letting people freely choose their vices, we have a system set up in place that results in massive negative externalities (i.e. spillover costs). The spillover costs consist of the taxpayer picking up the health care costs via government spending and programs on people who over-do-it on sodium.
     
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    Better stock up on your salt just to be safe though. No one ever thought they would ban light bulbs either. ;)
     
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    oh nooooooooooooo... you were given information!!! heaven help you!!!

    i know you are allergic to information, but feel free to suck down as much sodium as you want.... along with all the fat and carbs your body can hold!

    idiot children whining about information??? shmucks.
     
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    As long as it stays just 'information', i'm cool with it.
     
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    Preventative medicine is one of the best ways to hold down our country's health costs.
    Due to the fact that healthcare costs has been determined as a climb every year three-four times the inflation rate, I'm glad somebody is doing something to at least warn this country's citizens of ways to combat the cost of staying healthy.
     
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    I remember when admonishments against smoking was just information. Then there was all that information about trans-fats. The government tries to be kindly. First it gives you information, if you do not comply, then they'll force you.
     
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    How long before the 'War on Salt' is declared? And maybe a 'War on Sugar' could follow? Salt Abuse/Drug Abuse? See the similarity in rhetortic? Don't laugh either. Big Government is capable of anything.
     
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    Yup.
     
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    What they object to is the government warning them about the hazards.
     

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