Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saltacalypse!


Campbell's is adding salt back into their soups because, as the LA Times puts it, good health doesn't sell.
Eating too much salt has been widely associated with increased cases of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes, though recently some researchers have raised questions about sodium's negative health effects (see related stories, to left). The FDA recommends no more than 2,300 mg of salt per day. A 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine noted that most Americans get about 3,400 mg each day.  The biggest culprits? Restaurant food and packaged foods, such as canned soups.
I'm so happy that the old media giants are dying like dinosaurs chocking on asteroid fumes.

Good health doesn't sell? More like the CSPI's paradigm of good health, "heart healthy" grains, skim milk and zero fat doesn't sell. Although it's sold enough to cause the current obesity epidemic.

Gary Taubes wrote an excellent article on the terrible science behind salt back in the nineties (unfortunately no longer available on the web, as far as I know). So the question of whether or not salt is unhealthy isn't exactly "recent".

Personally, I prefer to buy foods with low sodium content, so that I can add my own grey salt that's loaded with minerals. As I wrote before, if you look at all the ingredients on a can of Campell's soup, the last thing you ought to be worried about is salt. Actually, I don't buy much in the way of processed food, although I do cheat and use bullion cubes sometimes, but not everyone has the time nor inclination to eat food they prepare themselves.

On the other hand, it pisses off everyone's favorite supernanny, so I am going to applaud the move, *claps*.
Health advocates expressed dismay at Campbell's move.  In a statement released Wednesday, Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, asked, "Why resort to salt?  Why not improve tomato soup [flavor] with more and better-quality tomatoes, or chicken noodle soup with more chicken?"
If only the tomatoes could be more tomato-ey and the chicken more chicken-ey, we could do without all this salt that's killing people by the millions. Its a frickin' Saltacalypse!!!!

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