Should Government Regulate What Americans Eat?

View Poll Results: Should government regulate what Americans eat?

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  • Yes. It may reduce blood pressure & heart disease -- and, maybe, health insurance costs.

    3 3.23%
  • No. What's next? No desserts or fried foods? Stop regulating my life!

    88 94.62%
  • Not sure. It might make us healthier, will it make us happier?

    2 2.15%
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    Should Government Regulate What Americans Eat?

    U.S. Plans Drive to Limit Salt in Foods - Fitness -
    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    U.S. regulators are planning a push to gradually cut the amount of salt Americans consume, saying less sodium would reduce deaths from hypertension and heart disease, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

    The effort would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in processed foods, the newspaper reported. The plan is to be launched this year but officials have not set salt limits.

    The government plans to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to ratchet down sodium consumption, the newspaper said, citing U.S. Food and Drug Administration sources.

    U.S. researchers said in a recent study that working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the U.S. government $32 billion in healthcare costs.

    Eating too much salt is a major cause of high blood pressure, which the Institute of Medicine, one of the National Academies of Sciences, last week declared a "neglected disease" that costs the U.S. health system $73 billion a year.

    The FDA, which regulates most processed foods, and the U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees meat and poultry, will work together on the effort to reduce Americans' sodium consumption.

    Manufacturers can now use as much salt as they like in products but they are required to report the amount on nutrition labels.

    Many food makers have already begun to cut salt content.

    In March, PepsiCo Inc, which owns the Pepsi, Frito-Lay and Quaker brands, announced that it plans a reduction of 25 percent in the average sodium per serving in major global food brands in key markets by 2015.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

  3. I am constantly amazed at the hypocrisy and mental gymnastics that the left will go through to allow them to say the following:
    1). Legalize pot. What people do to their bodies is their business, not the government's.
    2). Regulate salt. We can't let people eat too much salt, it isn't healthy.

    Consistency? What is that?
    "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity"

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    I commented on this story at MSN with the following. I hope all the libs on MSN understand sarcasm.

    "I think this is a wonderful idea. Having the gov-mint tell us what we can and can't eat will solve global warming, extend universal health care to millions, and help illegal aliens become productive citizens. If you're against this, you must be a racist."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative Wife & Mom View Post
    Should Government Regulate What Americans Eat?
    No, not all Americans - just the morbidly obese.

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    We all know how well the government has done when they stick their nose in where it does not belong so sure we need tie governments help like we need a hole in our head.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Step one: Government Run Heath Care
    Step two: Controlling your "Pursuit of happiness".
    Step 3: Who knows but it will only lead us closer to full socialism.

  8. They'll have to pry m salt shaker out of my cold dead hand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ange View Post
    They'll have to pry m salt shaker out of my cold dead hand.
    You can have all the salt you want out of your salt shaker and the government will never say a thing about it.

    What OP chooses to omit or fails to reasearch as usual in the typical zeal to condemn any and all things government is that this was not started by the government at all. It is being considered by the FDA based on an Instutue of Medicine report following years of study and subsequent recommendations to the FDA. If adopted, it will seek to regulate the amount of sodium contained in processed foods. This is a good thing.

    The Intitute of Medicine is the non-profit non-governmental health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ange View Post
    They'll have to pry m salt shaker out of my cold dead hand.

    Nice... We will need a picture...

    You can give peace a chance alright..

    I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..

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    wolfhunter Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Cocked _and_Locked View Post
    No, not all Americans - just the morbidly obese.
    Do we use your perception of "morbidly obese" or mine?

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