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Let Them Eat Salt, Says Health Canada

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Continued high levels of salt consumption are increasing the risks of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. The tally for treating those and other diet-related issues is threatening to bankrupt health systems.

Referring to a report published in the April 16th issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Normal Campbell said:

These high levels [of sodium] indicate failure of the current government approach that leaves salt reduction solely in the hands of industry. Salt reduction programs need to guide industry and oversee it with targets and timelines for foods, monitoring and evaluation, and stronger regulatory measures if the structured voluntary efforts are not effective.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is consistent. She continues to ignore expert advice on food policy, particularly if it entails holding the food industry to higher standards. As Sarah Schmidt points out in her article for Postmedia News:

Aglukkaq objected to the plan because it would have outed food companies for failing to meet specific sodium-reduction targets for individual products, and called for regulations to be considered if voluntary measures fail.

The food industry must love having a health minister on their side. It is too bad Canadians don’t have one on theirs.

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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.

1:58PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

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

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

1:57PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

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

1:50PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Noted

1:07PM 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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