CP&R Post 3

The area I chose for this post was the consumer protection by the FDA in regards to salt. For the most part there is sufficient consumer protection, as in most consumers can make informed decisions about their sodium intake with the foods they eat. And because the FDA has done a good job educating, there are healthier options for consumers that seek it or need it. However, there is always more that can be done to protect consumers. For example, there needs to be more data gathered in respects to Himalayan pink salt and if it is healthy to use in food or not. There are claims that it can cause cancer and is worse than normal salt, but there are also arguments for the health benefits of pink salt because of the extra minerals in it. By doing a quick online search, it is clear that there is no answer to any of these questions yet.

I know that the healthy daily intake of salt can come from food, and adding salt should be avoided because too much salt in a daily diet isn’t healthy. Overtime, a high salt diet can lead to obesity, heart and other diseases. But also, too much salt can strip the gastral protective lining and allow for a Helicobacter pylori infection, which can be fatal in its self or cause stomach cancer (Gaddy et al., 2017). Part of what I don’t know is how much salt is in my personal diet, or how much is in some of the foods that I normally eat because there is not adequate labeling and information about the food. Furthermore, it would interesting to find out if other things like pink salt are actually better for consumption or if there needs to be a greater reduction in salt intake.

To find out more information about salt and diet, I will stall up to day with FDA research. I will be sure to share with fellow consumers information about the risk of too much salt in their diet. Especially, information about H. pylori bacteria and how to prevent stomach cancer.

References

Gaddy, J. A., Radin, J. N., Loh, J. T., Zhang, F., Washington, M. K., Peek, R. M., . . . Cover, T. L. (2013, June). High Dietary Salt Intake Exacerbates Helicobacter pylori-Induced Gastric Carcinogenesis. Retrieved July 07, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3676043/

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