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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/

Consumer Protection & Regulation Matter: Meals Served in America’s Schools

Meals served in American’s Schools was the reading that caught my attention. Nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day, with the changes done by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act those kids will now have healthier lunches at a school. Each student who participates in the meal program is offered fruits, vegetables, and more grains. They will also have portion size and calorie counts to keep a healthy weight. This is very important because this will determine the future health of our families and love ones (USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America’s Schools 2017).

Today kids are eating more fruits and vegetables since the act was placed. 90 percent of the schools reported that they were able to meet the updated nutrition standard and schools revenue has gone up when the original thought was that the standards were going to cost them more (FACT SHEET: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act School Meals Implementation 2017).

I believe that we are protected as a consumer because due to the act many schools change their lunches and allowed them to have an increased revenue instead of costing them. This would make the schools continue to stay in this program because there is a huge benefit for them and also allowing them to give the kids healthy meals.

The act was implemented a year before I came to Central and I saw that there was a huge change in our meals at school. The Same food was provided from the previous years except it tasted different. The pizza was very popular the previous years but because of the act, it was made healthier causing students not to go to that line. I knew there was going to be a change because it was under Michelle Obama “Lets Move!” campaign. But I did not know that the schools had the option to follow this program.

I would recommend looking at http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/healthy-hunger-free-kids-act-of-2010-summary.aspx because they would explain more about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides other information that will help the kids and the community. Currently, this is helping the kids have a healthy lunch and breakfast but because the food does not taste well many kids will go off campus to eat or bring junk food to school to replace the food they are given. This falls on the school if they want to allow the students to leave off campus for lunch. We as the consumers need to talk to our family and love ones and let them know that the food that is being provided for them is healthy and help them keep a healthy diet.

FACT SHEET: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act School Meals Implementation. (2017, June 1). Retrieved July 06, 2017, from https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2014/009814

USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America’s Schools. (2017, June 1). Retrieved July 06, 2017, from https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/002312