Thursday, May 04, 2017

Let them eat salt

When will the government stop telling us what to eat? It's become clear that's advice is killing us.

The apex of this was Michelle Obama dictating to schools what they had to feed their students. In one of his first acts as secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced that his department was giving schools greater flexibility in complying with Michelle Obama's lunch rules. Schools can now provide an additional 320 mgs more sodium in school lunches.

Of course this is the right thing to do. In another blow against decades of accepted medical wisdom, one of the most prestigious, long-running studies reports that lowering sodium intake doesn’t reduce blood pressure.

But we've known for awhile that this hysteria was useless.
"A majority of the research on sodium and hypertension indicates that high levels of sodium slightly increase blood pressure," said Cherylyn Harley LeBon, a lawyer, former senior counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and a contributing fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis who's followed the issue closely. "However, the majority of recent research on sodium and total health outcomes actually shows a wide healthy range of sodium intake that is well above the FDA recommendations."
Back to my original question: Why is the government telling us what to eat? Why is the Trump Administration just tweaking the regulation instead of abolishing it all together?

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