What the anti-salt campaign is doing

Turning us into a nation of morons.

BBC News – Worrying levels of iodine deficiency in the UK

A study involving more than 700 teenage girls at nine UK centres found more than two-thirds had a deficiency.
Experts say the problem stems from children drinking less milk, which is a good source of iodine.
Nearly 70% of the samples revealed an iodine deficiency and nearly a fifth (18%) of samples showed very low iodine levels, below 50?g/L rather than the acceptable minimum of 100?g/L.
Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide producing typical reductions in IQ of 10 to 15 IQ points.

Actually, cretin is the technical term. Iodine deficiency leads to goitre. Goitre in a pregnant woman leads to cretinism in the child.

The usual and traditional method of treating this is to iodise the salt in the country. But now we\’ve got all these people yanking the salt out of everything, iodine deficiency will inevitably increase.

Seriously, the Food Standards Agency, turning us into a nation of cretins, one bag of crips at a time.

21 thoughts on “What the anti-salt campaign is doing”

  1. And the anti-milk campaign. Don’t drink milk, be an idiot at 12 but live 6 months longer while you die of something else.

  2. My 80 year old father was hospitalised during a hot spell after collapsing through lack of salt. I’ve read this is a serious problem for the old, and that there were many fatalities during the French heat wave a few years ago. Is there any one with medical expertise out there who ca explain the salt issue. Nothing I’ve read suggests that people with normal blood pressure are at any risk from salt. Do our bodies efficiently get rid of excess salt? Why has a religious campaign grown around a substance which neither smells nor alters the brain chemistry in an enjoyable way?

  3. Jon – anyone who is not salt-intolerant or has massively high blood-pressure is in any danger from eating salt – until you reach a concentration in the blood that is so high the kidneys cannot excrete it fast enough. All the idiots declaiming the “dangers of salt” appear utterly ignorant of the basic bodily process known as salt hormesis… Eat too much salt and you excrete more salt in your urine, eat too little and salt excretion declines or ceases. Eat none at all and you’ll die – quite nastily as your nervous system shuts down.

    As you say, it’s much more religious than based on any decent science.

  4. If salt is bad for us (and it seems strange me that it is).
    Couldn’t we just put more iodine in our salt?

    As salt is water soluble – how do the levels build up?
    Saying that it is meant to cause high blood pressure.

  5. Oh, and not just this. Doctors are reporting the return of infant vitamin deficiencies, particularly Vitamin D, particularly among middle class kids. Why? They’re blaming oh, not going outside, video games, usual suspects.

    It’s actually lack of animal fats- and thus fat soluble vitamins- in the diet of the food faddist class.

    They’re all mad. Quite, quite mad.

  6. VFTS, thanks for the links. JFS is one of my favourite sites. We still don’t know how Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is in the position to determine Government policy on salt consumption, and its motives for promoting a policy for which there is no medical evidence and which might even result in more deaths.
    I’ve been looking up sports drinks ingredients and it it seem the general rule is to consume 1gm of salt for each 1.2litres of fluid lost through sweating.

  7. I hear there’s lots of iodine going in Japan right now. Bad news is that half of it dissappears every 8 days, so lets get it here now and force feed the kids before it’s too late 🙂

  8. I’ve always taken the warnings about high salt levels with, well, a pinch of salt. Your body is a fairly good guide. If you have too much salt then your body will be thirsty. As long as you listen to it and drink more fluids then you’ll be fine.

    High levels of fat in food are certainly a problem – salt, not so much.

  9. High levels of fat in food are certainly a problem – salt, not so much.

    You sure about that? High levels of calories can be a problem but I’m not sure there’s anything singularly baneful about fat. In fact, I think there’s a measure of prejudice against it because it’s called fat.

  10. Re vitamin D deficiencies, I wonder if that is related to all the scare-mongering that leads UK mothers to keep kids out of the sun in the Summer and/or slather them in sunscreen, which blocks the UVB.

    Tim adds: Actually, no, not so much. It’s more about immigration. Those from parts of the world where sunshine is something to avoid (there, quite righteously) continuing those habits in a place where sunshine, when it happens, is necessary. Add a bit of burkas and niqabs and you’re there.

    Quite serious too. If you’re dark skinned and living this far north then you’ve really got to expose yourself to what sunshine there is. This is, after all, why light skin evolved (yes, it happened many times).

  11. The anti-salt campaign is dominated by cash. Not moolah but “Consensus Action on Salt & Health” which is funded £30 K by the Food standards Agency and £200 K by Nissan.

    Nissan refuse to say why and I suspect it is some sort of government laundering to make it look like fakecharities aren’t really fakecharities.

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