Americans eat too much salt.
There is no clinically established evidence on the amount of salt required by humans. Individual salt requirements are dictated by genetic make-up, age, overall activity and specific health issues such as salt sensitivity. The current recommended levels of salt consumption were arbitrarily chosen based upon concerns for salt sensitive individuals. There is no evidence that the recommended levels of salt consumption provide a health benefit to consumers.
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.
Cutting down on salt may not reduce disease, analysis concludes [Washington Post – 11/9/2011]
It's Time to End the War on Salt [Scientific American – 7/8/2011]
Imposing a public health policy through taxes on food and beverages is justified.
The purpose of taxes is to raise revenue in the most economically efficient way possible only to fund the government. Taxes should never be used to influence or control the behaviors of free citizens. Using the power of taxation to dissuade taxpayers from buying legal goods is nothing short of tyranny through the tax code. It is a slippery slope. Behaviors and activities that are not under the microscope today could soon be unpopular and the target of taxes in the future. Proponents of targeted taxes today should beware: their favorite things could soon be the subject of scorn and higher taxes.
Beverage taxes will curb obesity by curbing consumption.
Obesity has been found to correlate with a vast number of factors. Long-terms trials conducted to determine if discouraging consumption of sweetened beverages would reduce obesity among school children were unsuccessful.
Obesity Taxes Won't Work [InvestorPlace – 11/8/2011]
Overreaching on Obesity: Governments Consider New Taxes on Soda and Candy [Tax Foundation Special Report – 10/31/2011]
The food police are here to help us.
The food police are a widespread network of anti-consumer activists, elected officials, and celebrities who are guided by a radical political agenda and junk science.
School administrators need to control what kids eat.
Parents do not abdicate their role when they drop their kids off at school. It's an overreach of power when school officials take away jolly ranchers from children, inspect their lunch boxes, ban baked goods, etc.
Bureaucrats at the government-run departments of health know what's best for me.
Decisions about what you consume are best determined by you and your health professional. A one-size fits all government policy is not right for anyone at the local, state or federal level.