Eric Hoffer was the most insightful of writers about true believer mass movements.
I stole the idea of the aggressive nanny meddling chattering oligarchs in the title from him.
CS Lewis said that well intentioned meddlers are the worst of tyrants.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
― C.S. Lewis
This salt and sugar scare is not based on any good science, but it is promoted by self-appointed medical nutrition “experts” armed with stupid junky studies.
In fact the salt intake requirements recommended by these clowns for the general population are dangerously low–putting some people at risk if they were stupid enough to follow them.
Adults need about 3000 mg of salt intake a day to stay right, with few exceptions like kidney failure and congestive heart disease. Inadequate salt intake causes hypertension–bet you didn’t know that.
Some salt sensitive persons with kidney quirks need to restrict salt.
However, hyponatremia is bad and caused by salt depletion and receptor/kidney/liver problems, along with abnormalities of the renin angiotensin system that keeps us operating with normal circulation.
Chronicly low salt intake causes kidney electrolyte disturbances that effect the cellular health of our bodies. Makes people sick.
The 1500 milligram recommendations you hear about are just plain wrong.
This scare about sugar is nonsense–sugar is bad, just like bad research claimed that cholesterol is bad and saturated fats are bad, but now transfats are bad.
it is a scam but there are people who need to be scared and worried and comforted by the knowledge that they are doing the right thing to control the scare.
I gave a lecture on junk epidemiology to the Salt Institute this spring–good people producing salt for roads, but also diet salt.
When i resuscitate people from hypovolemia and dehydration, guess what fluid I use, invariably–salt (NaCl) solution at about 145 millequivalents per liter, that’s about isotonic with our extracellular fluid electrolyte content, and it’s 0.9 % sodium chloride (salt).