Originally Posted by jason_kraft
The article you linked to does not mention banning anything besides trans fat. Regulating the max amount of sugar or salt per serving size is a possibility, albeit a remote one. Here is the crux of the article's point:
"In an interview Thursday, Willett cautioned that regulating sodium and sugar as additives would hardly be as easy as making a decision to ban trans fats. While trans fats have no nutritional value, salt is an essential nutrient. And sugar, when consumed at reasonable levels, is not harmful, he said. If it is to act on mounting scientific concern about dietary sodium and sugar, the FDA will have to rethink the assumption that an additive it considers as safe "is safe in any amount," Willett said."
So...it won't be as 'easy' a decision to ban salt and sugar...I mean you can't take it out of products because sugar is not always so unhealthy and salt is an essential nutrient..so that means they must look at an alternative way to protect people from themselves. But how?
Hmmm...it must be something that sounds like they're really concerned about the healthcare of the chronically stupid. Something that will look good on paper and appeal to those who think they're really making a difference when in fact they are NOT..let's see Hmmmm...think....what can they do? OH! Hey! How about putting a TAX on salt and sugar? It's the obvious 'solution' for them not being able to do an outright ban on sugar and salt!
I can hear the arguments now..."If we can't stop people from making their own decisions about their own life, then by golly we'll force them PAY for it! And we'll line up studies (generally from Universities and 'independent' research facilities that receive federal grants) that show all the terrible side effects of this evil rock called 'salt' and it's chubby natural-cane sidekick and beet brother, 'sugar'!
We'll rally every health guru in the nation to decry the use of these products and demand that any restaurant that dares to flavor their food with them will have to not only pay a tax on the product when they purchase it to cook with...but also pay a 'user' tax to the government for submitting these substances to an 'uneducated' public who, in their naivety and trust, have only ever assumed that everything they ate was pure, natural, FDA approved sawdust,
And since the public is also so gullible about saving the world from evil manufacturers, we'll convince them that the rising cost of their products are a direct result of these 'predatory profit mongers' desire to make more money at the expense of the health of the consumer...and not as the result of them having to pay higher and higher taxes on the sugar and salt they use to make the products consumers want.
And we'll find low-information people who buy into this and who will be HAPPY to pay a higher tax if they can stop little Johnny from being chubby...never mind that he sits on his arse all day playing video games. Video games have no salt or sugar, so how can they be bad for you?"
If you think they won't eventually stick a hefty tax on sugar and salt both in individual purchases and in products, then you are very naive. This WILL impact all baking and decorating on every level! We deal in sugar and salt...and fat! The Unholy Trinity! The wheels are already in motion.