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Let Them Eat Salt, Says Health Canada

Let Them Eat Salt, Says Health Canada
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Health Canada is consistent. They ignored the recommendations of their own advisory panel by ending the monitoring of trans fats in processed food. They are doing the same thing with salt.

The agency claims Canadians consume an average of 3400 mg of sodium every day. For people 14 and over, they want to reduce that to 2300 mg per day by 2016.

The likelihood of achieving that goal is slim. The 3400 mg figure is based on self reporting. According to the summary of a report obtained by Postmedia News, average use may be nearly twice that. Researchers for an Eastern Ontario study performed the 24-hour urine test on 344 adults between the ages of 40 and 69. The results showed an average sodium consumption of 6014 mg per day.

Sodium consumption likely falls somewhere between the two figures, but the earlier figure was already alarming. So in 2007 Health Canada convened the Sodium Working Group to develop strategies for reducing Canadians’ sodium consumption.

The committee was made up of “members from food manufacturing and food service groups, health-focused non-governmental organizations, the scientific community, consumer advocacy groups, health professional organizations and various government departments and agencies.” Including industry representatives was important since approximately 80 percent of the sodium in Canadians’ diets comes from processed food.

A million dollars and more than two years later, the working group released its report, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada. Their first recommendation was a “structured voluntary approach” that set timelines for industry to meet suggested targets. To ensure compliance, the working group called for independent monitoring and evaluation.

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7:21AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Even if we eat salty food,I think this will let us drink more water and as far as I know water is curing for so many diseases...so we can say in case we don't like to drink so much water which is unhealthy salt will let us drink more and do a nice natural washing to our kidneys ...you can read about the value of drinking water which includes ...Water helps you lose weight, you can't just drink water and expect to lose a ton of weight but drinking 8 glasses of water a day, will flush out your system and keep the bad stuff out of the blood stream. The fact that your body is 75% water should help. Water also keeps your kidneys hydrated and that will lessen the chance for kidney stones. Water also keeps your skin hydrated so you won't have dry itchy skin.GOOD LUCK

4:45PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Let's be realistic; most of us need a certain amount of salt to help our body regulate our ability to fight disease. The salt the government is talking about is iodized salt - pure poison. There is a big world of difference between sea salt and iodized salt. Sea salt is what you should be using in addition to all those fast foods and comfort foods you buy.

1:50PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Noted

6:58AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Isn't that what the FDA and the USDA are for????

AND WE ARE PAYING THEM FOR what?????

6:57AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Isn't that what the FDA and the USDA are for????

6:07AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Mandatory limits on ALL ingredients!! Thanks Cathryn for the article.

1:05AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Whoops, should have been toxic/factory farm waste *fertilizer* contamination - lol, I write comments at 3 AM...

1:01AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thousands of industrial toxins in the food/soil/water/air supply, thousands alone of petrochemical food additives inadequately or un- tested, GMO's in the food supply, with unknown and variable alterations in their biochemistry not to mention the pesticide/herbicide/toxic/factory farm waste contamination - we can't get these labelled, never mind independently tested singly, never mind impossibly tested in combination with various of around a hundred thousand petrochemicals to which we're potentially exposed, not counting any new GM chemicals/combinations - and SALT is supposed to be our big worry?

Can you say, 'PR distraction'?

6:05PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Noted.

4:25PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

If I'm not careful, I do not get enough salt in my diet. So I want labeling on food, but don't mind salt in it. What about things like corned beef or sauerkraut? Low sodium versions would be... weird.

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