Monday, August 18, 2014

They Only Want What's Good for Us

I know, racist kids. Why else would kids resent being told what to eat?

In other nanny news – Again, a scientific study argues against the nanny-state recommendation that we consume under 2300 milligrams of salt per day:

 Participants consumed an average of about 5000 milligrams of sodium per day. They found that sodium consumption under 3000 milligrams daily was associated with a 27 percent increased risk of death or serious event defined as heart attack or stroke, as compared to those individuals who consumed between 3000 and 6000 milligrams. It was only when sodium consumption increased to over 6000 milligrams that the risk of adverse outcomes was detected.
This is good news and bad news, of course. Good, that the federal government may once again trust us regular people to regulate our own salt intake. Bad, in that if we take this away from the nannies, they'll put a herculean effort into finding something else to ban/regulate.  Liberals don't care what it is, just so long as it's mandatory.

More from the article:

And on a related note, Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Jersey adds, “There is not a single study, not one, showing [such a] benefit for having a sodium intake of less than 2300 milligrams.” The current guidelines are based on these short-term studies showing that a low sodium diet results in reductions in blood pressure in people who are already diagnosed with hypertension or borderline high blood pressure, but these reductions may actually result in more harm than good.

This new study is now sparking the FDA to re-evaluate the research supporting the current guidelines, yet they say the agency “continues to recognize the need to reduce the sodium content of the food supply to help reduce sodium intake.”