Food Police on misguided mission to have salt declared unsafe

Quick, hide your salt shaker! The Food Police are coming for it!

And if the Center for Science in the Public Interest has its way, you’re going to be hiding your salt under your mattress like prison contraband.

CSPI has just sued the FDA demanding that they remove salt’s designation as a “safe” food ingredient.

They even want warning labels on salted foods, as if they were packs of Marlboros!

It’s all part of the latest campaign to force a dangerous low-sodium diet onto millions of Americans.

One that could turn you into a walking heart attack — and even kill you.

When it rains, it pours
“For more than 35 years, FDA has dragged its feet and refused to do anything to protect Americans from excess sodium,” said CSPI Chief Michael Jacobson.

Well, I was with him for most of that sentence — until he brought salt into it.

For decades CSPI and its friends in the media have been waging war on salt and fat — two things our bodies actually need to survive. All while barely saying a peep about GMOs and all the aspartame and MSG that are being packed into our foods.

But this new lawsuit is all the proof you need that the anti-salt crazies at CSPI have officially gone off the deep end.

First, they’re demanding that the FDA revoke sodium’s legal status as “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS and have it considered a “food additive.”

Now that might not seem like a big thing — but, trust me, it’s huge. And it would be a death blow to salt in food.

You see, almost 60 years ago, the FDA made a list of over 700 grandfathered food substances that had been used for so long, it was obvious they were safe. Items such as spices, vinegar, and of course, salt.

If it were to be demoted to a food additive, however, sodium would have to jump through years of regulatory hoops. Manufacturers would pull it out of hundreds of food products to save themselves the headaches.

And, believe me, that’s exactly what CSPI is after.

Next, the group wants warnings on foods that contain over a certain amount of sodium. I’m guessing it would be like what you see on a pack of cigarettes or a bottle of vodka.

Are you kidding me?

CSPI has been on its salt-bashing mission for decades now. It sued the FDA in 1983 and 2005 over this very same issue. And this time CSPI says that it hopes the court will tell the “Obama Administration that it is breaking the law and causing needless deaths.”

Well, there are lots of things I’d like to tell both Obama and the FDA — but scaring people about salt isn’t on that list!

Because what science and many experts around the world are telling us is that CSPI’s obsession with salt is terribly misguided — and potentially deadly for you.

For example:

  • Last year a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looking at over 100,000 adults for three years found that going under 3,000 mg a day of sodium will significantly raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
  • In Belgium researchers warned that being on a low-salt diet can up your risk of an early death by as much as 500 percent.
  • Recently, Canadian researchers put an optimal sodium intake at between 3,000 and 6,000 mg a day. That’s at least twice the 1,500 mg guideline CSPI is pushing.

And even if a salt deficiency doesn’t kill you with a heart attack or stroke, it can cause lots of other health problems like headaches, muscle weakness, fatigue and even seizures.

As the Morton’s Salt girl says, “When it rains, it pours.”

And if you don’t get enough salt, you learn that the hard way.

Sources:

“Lawsuit says FDA has dragged its feet in the fight against excessive salt” Truman Lewis, October 19, 2015, Consumer Affairs, consumeraffairs.com

“FDA sued for its failure to regulate salt” October 8, 2015, CSPI, cspinet.org