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April 20, 2010

Feds May Go After Salt

Posted by Dave Blount at April 20, 2010 10:36 AM

The grotesque excesses of nanny state authoritarianism on display in petty tyrant fiefdoms like Michael Bloomberg's New York are only a foretaste of what we'll all have to live under if moonbattery is not turned back.

The Food and Drug Administration says it will consider a new call Tuesday to force food makers to gradually cut the salt hidden inside their products … the prestigious Institute of Medicine said the food industry hasn't done enough to voluntarily cut back. Echoing earlier calls from the American Medical Association and other health groups, the IOM urged the government to set maximum sodium levels for different foods in a stepped rollback — so that eventually, the average consumption would drop by about half a teaspoon.

That's about one third our average intake. 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.

The FDA hasn't decided whether to regulate sodium levels, but "no options are off the table," said spokeswoman Meghan Scott.

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.

On a tip from Franco. Hat tip: The Blogprof.