From a press release by MyFoodMyChoice.org, a consumer advocate group headed up by Georgia columnist Orit Sklar in response to Michelle Obama’s crusade against childhood obesity:
A coalition of chefs, restaurant owners, and consumers asks Michelle Obama, on her noble quest to end childhood obesity, to promote consumer choice and nutrition facts, not food policy myths and restrictive regulations.“Michelle Obama should not take anything Food Police-in-Chief Michael Jacobson spews as the truth,” says Orit Sklar, national spokeswoman of the consumer coalition My Food. My Choice!. “It is simply not true that reducing salt consumption improves your health.”
Salt is unfairly blamed for causing high blood pressure and the resultant cardiovascular health outcomes. Clinical evidence indicates that salt or sodium is not the culprit. What is critical is that we maintain a balance of nutrients in our diet, particularly minerals such as sodium, potassium and magnesium. The best way to do this is to consume plenty of salads and vegetables. For most people, salt makes salads and vegetable much more palatable.