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This article is a good example of how there can be multiple interpretations on what the results of a study might mean. The chairman of the Consensus Action on Salt and Health(CA$H) and World Action on Salt and Health(WASH) made a very big deal out of a British study that found that bread and breakfast cereal made up over a third of salt in children’s diets. Since he is a chairman of two organizations fighting against salt, he seems to have a personal issue with salt. He says that lowering salt is, “in the industy’s own interest. There’s not a lot of interest in killing off customers. Dead consumers don’t eat food.” Which is very true. While he makes valid arguments toward lowering salt in bread, there is another side of the argument.

The baking industry argues that salt is a key ingredient in bread and there needs to be enough time and innovation to reduce salt any further. The director of the Federation of Bakers says that the other benefits of bread are also being ignored. While both sides have points, they both have biases on the issue, so it can be tough to tell which side has a more valid argument.


One Response to “UK Children Eating a Lot of Salt”

  1. McKBail says:

    This is a very interesting article and it reminds me earlier in Food Inc. companies suing for libel. To me, there seems to be some hypocrisy. It is bad for certain things to be said on one side, but then they use manipulations to promote their side. Through sponsorship and funding, organizations like Consensus Action on Salt and Health and World Action on Salt and Health appear to influence the results of scientific studies. How can we trust the words of scientists when they have bias?

    I find it interesting though how there seems to be strong debate over the importance of salt. It is hard to know which side to believe and also which side will win in the long run.

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