Commentary by me, Bryan.
Before I go to the news article, I’d like to give you what I observed about salt. Me, I’m overweight. I should be about 170 pounds but for the last 2 years I’ve been about 240 even reaching 245 before I started my weight-loss program. I’ve dropped 30 in the last 2 months, but I’m looking at my blood pressure for the time I was obese. It’s been perfect, usually 119 over 85, wow, and how? I use the salt shaker and not sparingly, so again, how do I do this? It’s because I don’t eat processed foods. No canned food, no packaged foods. It’s the SALT! I do go out to eat, but once a week at best. I’ll say it again, it’s the SALT!
I did a little experiment a few years ago. I read the labels on a typical lunch (soup, sandwich, chips and crackers) and placed that amount of salt in a pile, it equals about 1/2 teaspoon. Then, I took a paper plate and started shaking sale on it, all over it twice, 2 coats. Then I placed that pile next to the pile matching the lunch’s salt and it wasn’t even close in size. So, I salt the heck out of my food and it doesn’t even come close to the salt of packaged foods. Top that off with the fact most people even still add more salt to their packaged foods.
Conclusion of this, setting the salt shaker aside does NOT help. My advise, grab that salt shaker and use it, put aside the processed food instead. No canned food, no packaged food!
Okay, here is my comment about the article below:
Someone commented on this article, “peoples failure to cut salt from their diets has cost lives”, but in my opinion it’s not the fault of the people, well, so much. The government tells you to watch your salt by not adding so much salt to your food, so people have a false sense of security if they just put down the salt shaker, that’s a lie.
It’s not salt people put on their food, it’s the extremely high amount of salt in all processed food. If they can make laws to stop using poisonous food colorings, poisonous food additives, even like New York’s law of no soda in containers larger than 16oz, then they should limit the amount of salt companies can put in processed foods. Just look at what’s in a can of soup. Let’s take Campbell’s tomato soup. One serving is usually 1/2 cup, and that has 20% of your day’s salt. This is insane, most people usually have over one cup of soup, so let’s say 1 cup of soup, now we’re at 40% now.
Ok, it’s usually soup and a sandwich. Let’s take a healthy (so called) bread, Oroweat Oatnut bread. One slice has 8%, but you need 2 slices to make a sandwich, 16%, so now we’re at 56% of our intake. But a sandwich isn’t complete without something between the bread, so, what’s it going to be? One slice of meat? 2 slices? Okay, let’s go out of the norm and get a healthier lunch meat, Hillshire Farms oven roasted turkey. They say a serving size is 2oz. that’s about one slice, I know everyone will have 2 slices…but let’s say only 1 and 1/2 slices. One slices is 20%, so, we’re talking 30%… Now we’re at 86% of what you should have in one day but we’re not finished yet, don’t tell me you’ll have a soup and sandwich without some potato chips, and maybe some crackers in the soup…
Potato chips, Lays is a decent brand, it’s what I like, one serving is about 15 chips, okay, that’s about what I would use, so what’s the salt in that? 7%, not bad, add to our 86% and now we’re at 93%…
Are we going to add a few crackers to the soup? lets do… Let’s use the most bland, Nabisco Saltines. Serving size, 5 crackers, I can live with that, this will take care of a cup of soup, only 6%…
So, where are we now? Just soup and sandwich with trimming and we’re at 99% of our daily intake.. That’s DAILY intake, but this is just one meal….
KEEP THIS IN MIND, you never even grabbed the salt shaker…. or did you? Do you add a little salt to your soup? Ooops, now you’re way over your daily intake and this is just lunch… I also left the cheese off the sandwich, hmmm, see where I’m going with this?
Okay, Here is the article:
PUBLISHED: 20:29 EST, 8 March 2014 | UPDATED: 20:30 EST, 8 March 2014
As many as 12,000 people may have died needlessly of heart attacks and strokes because of the Government’s ‘disastrous’ policy on salt, a leading doctor has claimed.
Meddling by former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley meant vital salt reduction targets – which should have been introduced four years ago – have only just been agreed, said Professor Graham MacGregor of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine.
People should eat no more than 6g of salt a day, according to the World Health Organisation. Higher intake can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
As many as 12,000 people may have died needlessly of heart attacks and strokes because of the Government’s ‘disastrous’ policy on salt, a leading doctor has claimed
The average Briton currently consumes about 8g.
Prof MacGregor claimed that, had targets been set four years ago, consumption would now be 0.5g per day lower.
Professor Graham MacGregor said meddling by ex-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley (pictured) meant vital salt reduction targets – which should have been introduced four years ago – have only just been agreed
Mr Lansley took responsibility for public nutrition away from the FSA in 2010 and gave it to the Department of Health. Prof MacGregor claimed this ‘basically caused chaos’.
He said that Mr Lansley also ‘adamantly refused’ to set a rolling target for reduction in the 2010-2014 period – leading to ‘a loss of momentum’.
A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘Far from lacking momentum, the World Health Organisation has said our salt reduction work is world leading.’