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Putting the Freeze on the Food Nannies

There seems to be a month for every food -- Soup, the Florida Tomato, Grilled Cheese, among many others.  March happens to be Frozen Food Month.  For those who follow the food nannies, you may already know that frozen foods are the latest addition to the naughty list.  And for those familiar with the government, you won't be surprised to learn that the National Institute for Health's guidelines against frozen foods are out of date and without merit.  The culprit stops snails in their tracks and gives some mayors the vapors: Sodium. 

The NIH says to "Cut back on frozen dinners, pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths, and
salad dressings — these often have a lot of sodium."

Why not "Read the government-mandated labels on all foods and compare for yourself"?

For instance, a serving of frozen Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese has has 340 calories, 7g of saturated fat and 820 mg of sodium.  Popular macaroni and cheese recipes on Food Network's website and allrecipes.com clock in at over 400 calories per serving and have more saturated fat and sodium.  There are also a ton of low-sodium, low-fat and low-calorie options like Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine.  The point is that government agencies often use a broad-brush to paint entire industries negatively.  (See EPA-comma-everything)

Nanny Bloomberg, FLOTUS and government agencies like the NIH prefer to view food as black and white, good and bad because they don't actually abide by the same rules they want to impose on everyone else.  They belittle Americans and hurt businesses, then expect Americans to thank them for it.  Regarding Nanny Bloomberg's crusade against sodium, smoking and soda, New York deputy mayor told CNN this week "In some ways, there's nothing more significant you can do for New Yorkers than making their lives better by giving them more life."  

That's right, New Yorkers.  You owe your longer* life to Bloomberg. 

 

(*Not valid in cases of home invasions, assaults or rapes since you're not allowed to arm yourselves)


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