Sunday, November 21, 2010
Salt is Bad, Children. M'kay?
The Center For Consumer Freedom has a reality check on NYC's new ad campaign to demonize salt. As Walter Olsen points out such false advertising would be decisively punished by the FTC if perpetrated by the private sector, but is considered a wonderful public service when done by the government in order to 'teach' the public not to engage in such dangerous behaviors as eating a can of lethal salt-infested soup.
Here are the ingredients from a can of Campbells chicken soup:
Anybody eating this, the last thing they need to worry about is their salt intake. As Gary Taubes pointed out way back in 1998, the evidence that salt is actually harmful to health is completely unsubstantiated.
Thanks, government, for spending our money telling us what to eat, and getting it totally wrong as usual. How's that working out so far?