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Let Them Eat Salt, Says Health Canada

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The Conservative Government’s health minister did not need to read further. Minister Aglukkaq is a good party member. She shares the Tories’ distaste for requiring industry to adhere to health-promoting standards.

The remainder of the observations and recommendations were an expensive exercise in futility. Two years after the report was released, Health Canada is treating it like one more costly boondoggle instead of a blueprint for reducing salt consumption.

In an open letter to the Auditor General dated July 24, 2012, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Medical Director of the Bariatric Medical Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, took Health Canada to task for its pattern of striking committees and then completely disregarding their findings. He did not ask the Auditor General to rule on the scientific validity of the reports. He did ask why millions of taxpayer dollars were being spent on advisory panels and surveillance programs whose recommendations were subsequently ignored.

Of the Sodium Working Group and its two dozen recommendations, he wrote:

8 months later and Health Canada announced that rather than follow the expert recommendations they themselves commissioned (at a reported cost of $1,000,000), that they would instead seek further guidance from the Food Expert Advisory Committee – a committee with strong ties to the food industry – and that the Working Group was to be disbanded. This led one member of the original working group to state,

“What’s the government doing? They got the group of experts and industry people together and spent three years putting together a strategy. Now they’re trying to find some other people to give them a different strategy? It just doesn’t make any sense.”

No it doesn’t. And it also costs us a great deal of money.

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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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