Consumer Group Challenges Michelle Obama

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.

16 comments

  1. Junius says:

    Is this where we are now? Salt intake is an ideological issue? Oh my! At my next tea party event I’ll have to remember to eat lots of pretzels.

    • macho says:

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s obviously Orit’s attempt to get some publicity for herself, but it’s at the expense of making Republicans look like a bunch of bumbling idiots obsessed with Michele Obama. Sure, Orit might get a few talkshow interviews, but for all the wrong reasons, do you really want to be known as the Al Sharpton of the right?

      I’d really like to see the list of chefs and restaurant owners that are in her “coalition.” Instead of “National Spokeswoman” she should have said she was the “Intergalactic Spokeswoman” it’s a weightier title.

  2. John Konop says:

    Orit Sklar vs. Mayo Clinic

    My money is on the Mayo Clinic!

    Orit Sklar:

    ……“It is simply not true that reducing salt consumption improves your health.”…..

    Mayo Clinic:

    Sodium: How to tame your salt habit now

    …….But if for some reason your kidneys can’t eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, which increases pressure in your arteries. Such diseases as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis and chronic kidney disease can make it hard for your kidneys to keep sodium levels balanced.

    Some people’s bodies are more sensitive to the effects of sodium than are others. If you’re sodium sensitive, you retain sodium more easily, leading to fluid retention and increased blood pressure. The extra sodium can even lead to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and congestive heart failure……..

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sodium/NU00284

  3. “It is simply not true that reducing salt consumption improves your health.”

    “What is critical is that we maintain a balance of nutrients in our diet, particularly minerals such as sodium, potassium and magnesium.”

    Technically both of these statements are true. But let’s look at them a little closer. No – just reducing salt consumption will not guarantee an improvement to one’s health. And yes, it is important to maintain a balance of nutrients in our diet. I believe that Michelle Obama would probably agree with both of those statements as well and that she has good intentions and realizes that many Americans do not have a balance of nutrients in their diets.

    Furthermore, what “restrictive regulations” has she imposed? It looks to me like she’s simply talking to the National Restaurant Association and other groups and asking them to perhaps offer some healthier options. But of course that’s not socialist enough for the party of NO. It’s easier for them to make stuff up to fit what they believe she’s going to do instead of what she’s actually doing.

    • John Konop says:

      David Staples,

      From my understanding the major issue is food labeling. I think this is no different than full disclosure on any transaction. Some will argue this over regulation.

    • ACCmoderate says:

      I don’t think the First Lady’s campaign is focused on banning salt.

      From what I’ve seen its a very wide-ranging approach to combatting childhood obesity including exercise, dietary changes (not just eliminating salt), and better education on proper diet and nutrition.

  4. Rick Day says:

    Table salt is not ‘sodium’, any more than water is ‘hydrogen’.

    Eat a balanced diet when you can, moderate all junk intake (moderation in ALL things), have 1-2 glasses of quality red wine and maybe a bong hit, and see your herbalist for an annual doseage of chinese herbals to help maintain your ying and your yang.

    Namasté, etc.

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