FDA wants to tell you how much salt you can eat …in the name of “healthcare costs”

20 04 2010

And so it begins.  The state that controls your healthcare controls everything.  Don’t forget that.  Any activity the state wants to regulate that can be connected, however tenuously, to healthcare costs, will become a new object of control.  This from Reuters, via Fox News:

U.S. regulators are planning a push to gradually cut the amount of salt Americans consume, saying less sodium would reduce deaths from hypertension and heart disease, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The effort would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in processed foods, the newspaper reported. The plan is to be launched this year but officials have not set salt limits.

The government plans to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to ratchet down sodium consumption, the newspaper said, citing U.S. Food and Drug Administration sources.

U.S. researchers said in a recent study that working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the U.S. government $32 billion in healthcare costs.

Is that the change so many Americans voted for?  A government so powerful and intrusive that it can tell them how much salt to eat? Did voters really mean they wanted a building full of unionized bureaucrats sitting in the FDA building with nothing to do but figure out if something you eat has too much salt in it?

Note the justification for this nanny state overreach:  saving health care costs.  My friends, there isn’t anything you do that they can’t connect to healthcare costs.  Today it’s salt, tomorrow it’s your guns.

Repeal Obamacare and fire them all!



3 responses

28 04 2010
I'm Your Neighbor

Dear Great White Hunter,
Great blog! Thanks! Couldn’t agree with you more!
I’ll be back to read more.
A Neighbor living on the edge of Cleveland National Forest

28 04 2010

Welcome, neighbor! Don’t you love living here?

26 09 2012
Stanley G

They will probably try to tell me to not eat bacon and to choose the low cholesterol meal. They will pry the gravy from my cold dead hands. http://hogpredators.com

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