Nothing gets the Food Police revved up these days more than sugar and salt. But with a record of proposing draconian bans, causing pointless worry, and overlooking the facts, “Should anyone take these people seriously?”
In a column at The Daily Caller, Rick Berman summarizes the decades long war these Food Police-Big Government activists have been waging for years:
CSPI has a 30-year campaign to get the FDA to regulate and impose limits on salt, with its executive director making wild-eyed pronouncements such as “salt should be considered generally recognized as dangerous, not safe.”
CSPI’s skill at hyping the supposed dangers behind any tasty food or ingredient far exceeds its credibility at nutritional analysis. Just consider its campaigns against soft drinks.
Earlier this year, CSPI raised a ruckus that caramel coloring in soda could be carcinogenic. That’s true — but the real risk only comes if you drink roughly 1,000 cans a day.
Now CSPI has come out with a new campaign, only this one with a softer side. It’s called “Life’s Sweeter With Fewer Sugary Drinks.” Of course, by “fewer,” CSPI really means “none.” In announcing the new campaign, CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson ominously declared: “Not since the anti-tobacco campaigns has there been a product so worthy of a national health campaign.”
Yes, that’s right — the food police literally draw parallels between soda and tobacco. But sugary drinks aren’t the problem — overconsumption of food and beverages is. Plenty of slim people drink full-calorie soda, just as there are plenty of overweight folks who don’t drink any. The key is balancing calories in from food with the calories you burn through activity.
You might wonder, what does CSPI support?
Jacobson has said that “basically a wonderfully healthy diet” is akin to a peasant’s meal plan during the 1600s: “perhaps a pound of bread, a spud, and a couple of carrots per day.” Should anyone take these people seriously?
We pointed out the thinking behind much of the Food Police’s efforts in our most recent video: Center for Enforcement of Pseudo Science. Watch it here.
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