Not Worth Our Salt

According to the Washington Post, the FDA is planning a new initiative to place legal limits on the amount of salt foods can contain.  The average American should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day, but actually consumes 3,500 mg, and this over-consumption of salt is blamed for a huge number of deaths and health problems, especially hypertension and heart disease.

So yes, there is a problem.  But regulating the salt content of foods is not the solution.  Or, it’s not the solution we should support.  Odds are keeping salt out of our hands really will reduce how much of it we consume, so I can’t say it wouldn’t work.  I just think it’s not the kind of solution we should seek.  I’d rather get fat and have health problems than live in a nanny state.  Instead of legal limits on salt content, I propose a compromise:

All foods sold in groceries stores shall carry on them a label indicating not just the salt content of the food, but also what percentage of your daily limit that amount represents.

Oh yeah, that’s already on the freaking food.  Everyone knows it’s there, and the information is simple enough for a child to digest.

The problem isn’t salt content, it’s just a combination of poor education and raw idiocy.  A lot of dieters, especially the ones who stay fat, only focus on one thing at a time, calories, fat, or carbs.  The reality is, to live a healthier life you need to focus on calories, fat, carbs and sodium.

And, to keep all four in check, you have to freaking read labels.  Everyone is required by law to provide you with this information.  Use it!

Hormel 98% Fat Free Turkey Chili: Sounds good for you, right?  Extremely low fat (6g) and turkey! Freaking turkey! That’s good for you, right?  2,500mg sodium.  Oh my freaking God!

Olive Garden Grilled Shrimp Caprese: Hey, shrimp is good for you, right?  And it’s grilled!  3,490mg sodium! Holy shit! And it’s got 900 calories and 40-freaking-1 grams of fat!

Chili’s Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad: Great, a salad, those are healthy! And it’s with chicken! And boneless! (Evil bones!)  1,070 calories, 78g fat and, I shit you not, 4,380mg sodium!

All you have to do is go online and look this information up before you go out to eat and figure out which things on the menu are okay to have and which aren’t.  Or, if you have to, ask your waiter if they have a nutrition guide.  Maybe your friends will laugh at you, but if they do, just say to them “I’ll be the one laughing in 20 years when I’m banging your daughter after helping her get over your untimely death.”

Don’t trust labels that claim the product is a healthier option, and don’t trust a product because the name has “lean” or “healthy” in it.  A can of reduced sodium soup typically still has 40% of your daily allotment.  Look at the raw numbers and figure this shit out for yourself, because if you don’t, they’re not going to let me indulge in McNuggets whenever I’m feeling low, and I really don’t want to have to resort to making black market spaghetti sauce.

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4 Responses to “Not Worth Our Salt”

  1. Hal Says:

    This is why people are getting so fat. Salt. The salt industry is teaming up to make the people fat as pigs. While that might mean there is more of us to love, we get tired quicker, and don’t want to do anything but lay in front of the TV. It’s a commie plot, I tell you, and I think that the administration is behind it.

  2. BL2Y (No relation) Says:

    You left out the most glaring evidence of the idiocracy we call society when it comes to food. You don’t just have to read the labels to see the amounts and percentages but you also have to take note of what exactly is the serving size. It’s all fine and good to have a KFC double down that has only 75% of your daily sodium per serving (and I’m just throwing out hypothetical numbers here) but only if the whole thing is one serving. It’s very possible that they could consider a single double down to be 2 or more servings. Then you’re swimming in the sodium…

  3. bl1y Says:

    Exactly right on the principle. A lot of “healthy” options look better than they are because you’re really getting two servings, not just one (virtually every “healthy” soup is like this).

    But, on fast food I believe the nutrition facts are for the entire item. The numbers make sense based on the size of the food, and if it was just per serving, you’d expect stuff like a double whopper, footlong sub, or 12 pack of nuggets to have the same data as their smaller versions, since all you’ve really done is upped the servings.

    That aside, yes you dumb fracks, learn to multiply by 2!

  4. Henry Says:

    Women who eat like pigs and drink 3 beers a night wind up with a superfat ass.

    You don’t need a calculator to figure this out, BL1y.

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