Now they want to control our cheeses also!

August 13th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Guardian reports:

Many popular cheeses on sale in UK supermarkets contain high levels of salt, despite meeting government reduction targets as part of the drive to improve public health, campaigners have warned. …

Cash called on the government to introduce much more challenging targets on salt reduction in cheese as a “cost-effective” way to improve public health and to follow the much tougher lead set by the US. …

Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Cash, said: “Reducing salt is one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce the number of people suffering and dying from strokes, heart attacks and heart failure. Cheese is a big contributor of salt to the UK diet and it’s vital the Department of Health forces the cheese industry to implement the new targets immediately – and to set more challenging targets for the future.”

I’ve got a better idea. How about people be left for themselves to decide if they want to buy cheese with a lot of salt in it, or cheese with not much salt.

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32 Responses to “Now they want to control our cheeses also!”

  1. redqueen (553 comments) says:

    Nanny knows best…

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  2. Ashley Schaeffer (457 comments) says:

    Ah crap, not my cheese. I should have said something when they came for the smokers.

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  3. Jack5 (5,013 comments) says:

    Maybe there should be more tests.

    This would be one series of lab. experiments the rats and mice would love.

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  4. adc (588 comments) says:

    they are barking up the wrong tree. It’s not the salt causing those things, it’s the carbs in everything else (not the cheese), and the removal of fat.

    Fat slows absorption of carbs. Take the fat out, and the carbs hit your blood sugar a lot quicker and harder, and your pancreas has to produce a lot more insulin. This leads to insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes), and insulin is also known to cause hardening of artery walls and other muscles. Fructose is the other issue, metabolised only in the liver gets turned into triglycerides.

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  5. flipper (3,950 comments) says:

    Eco-Nazis
    Climate-Nazis
    Oil-Nazis
    Smoking-Nazis
    Tax-Nazis
    media-Nazis
    alcoholic beverage-Nazis
    Parking-Nazis
    4kph +-Nazis
    Advertising-Nazis
    Boating-Nazis
    Fishing-Nazis
    Hunting-Nazis
    Sugar-Nazis
    F/food-Nazis
    Soda Pop-Nazis
    Ice cream-Nazis
    Electoral-Nazis
    semitic-Nazis
    Anti Israel-Nazis

    But, sadly, no kick-Dotslob-out Nazis. Pity

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  6. dime (9,791 comments) says:

    FFS how much cheese is any one person eating?

    How long til some shit head over here starts banging on about cheese?

    They wont be happy til we only eat a crude brown paste full of nutrients.

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  7. Jack5 (5,013 comments) says:

    While we’re on the topic, vegans seem a very pasty-faced unhealthy looking mob to be.

    Do they tend to be sick, or do they just look sick?

    A bit of cheese might perk them up.

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  8. Slipster (141 comments) says:

    Just you wait. In ~30 years time, if not sooner, you will see widows of compulsive cheese-eaters filing multi-billion dollar lawsuits against dairy producers.

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  9. lolitasbrother (631 comments) says:

    We New Zealand are lacking cheese dominance in the high market supermarkets, Thailand . I saw some disgusting Australia cheese. I mean what the fuck
    The brand “Kiwi” is already stolen. It is brave new world over here, typical Asian Thailand and with higher expectations. Get cheese here immediately people, say the word ” New Zealand ” on labels . Guess who they love, no, not the Australians it is us, the little maids says to me I not come in at three in the afternoon to soon unless you are good solid fat man, you products good, ate them myself ,I work for you , fuck them Australian, they are so course,
    almost worser than a dutch or German , she says, I sleep near your bed ready when you need NZ, please keep good NZ butter and cheese in fridge, for me eat .

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  10. Psycho Milt (2,405 comments) says:

    “Reducing salt is one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce the number of people suffering and dying from strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.

    Pious cant. If you don’t already have dangerously high blood pressure, reducing salt intake gets you nothing beyond blander-tasting food. And if you do already have dangerously high blood pressure, you’ve got way more to worry about than how much salt’s in that piece of cheese.

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  11. box345 (42 comments) says:

    .. .. smacking-Nazis
    .. .. light-bulb Nazis ..

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  12. lolitasbrother (631 comments) says:

    ahh, slipsister, 1.39 o true, but as long as the suits are filed in Asia,

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  13. G152 (278 comments) says:

    In-salt-ing our intelligence

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  14. mjw (391 comments) says:

    The scientific evidence on the health risks from salt is also dodgy.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scientists-clash-over-health-effects-of-salt-1171477.html

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  15. lolitasbrother (631 comments) says:

    thats great you idiot Psycho Milt, psychotic with milk, at 1.46pm
    Why you not just stay at the Standard where you belong.
    Go on you idioit pscho, tell us more about salt.
    You complete moron with no medical knowledge at all.
    You are banned from this column idiot, try me little girl

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  16. Zapper (1,015 comments) says:

    lolitasbrother (528 comments) says:
    August 13th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Started drinking early, or forgot your medication?

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  17. WineOh (629 comments) says:

    How about the cheese nazis also take off the restrictions on producing un-pasteurised cheeses in NZ. The real stuff tastes so much better.

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  18. Amelia44 (7 comments) says:

    Yes, it does seem rather over the top to make laws controlling the amount of salt in cheese. People should, in my opinion, have freedom of choice regarding what they choose to eat. However, as someone who dislikes the taste of salt and too much salt in different foods, it would be great to have low salt alternatives available e.g. like the low sodium variety of V8. Currently, though, I just avoid buying the cheeses that taste too salty e.g. some varieties of Roquefort. However, I know that other people do enjoy the taste of salt in their food and it is utterly wrong to force them to eat food that they would find bland and unpleasant to eat. As regards smoking (mentioned in one of the other comments), I do think there should be strict controls around this as it impacts on other people, not just the smoker. I have asthma which is triggered by cigarette smoke. The other week a smoker on Willis Street in Wellington blew a cloud of smoke directly into my face while I was waiting at the bus stop and this triggered an asthma attack. He seemed to find that very funny and was not bothered at all that he was the cause of this.

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  19. artemisia (234 comments) says:

    Yep, the jury is still out on salt, with *both* sides starting to be debated much more.

    This extract from the Economist earlier this year:

    “In 2011 two meta-analyses, which look at the results from many different studies, were published by the Cochrane Collaboration, a non-profit that reviews medical evidence. The first found that reducing salt intake leads to lower blood pressure, but concluded that there is “insufficient evidence” that this will lead to fewer premature deaths or a lower incidence of heart disease. The second concluded, rather simply, that “we do not know if low salt diets improve or worsen health outcomes.”

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/04/economist-explains-12s

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  20. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    If i follow their advice does that make me a non cheese eating surrender monkey?

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  21. redqueen (553 comments) says:

    Butter will be next and far easier…

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  22. gump (1,620 comments) says:

    @Zapper

    I am going to suggest that both statements are probably true.

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  23. questions (195 comments) says:

    “I’ve got a better idea. How about people be left for themselves to decide if they want to buy cheese with a lot of salt in it, or cheese with not much salt.”

    And just a few days ago you were against labeling of food!

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  24. G152 (278 comments) says:

    Cheese Wayne

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  25. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    I hear Nigel Latta is going to do a documentary next week on the evils of Cheese..
    Gareth Morgan is also going to launch a webpage dedicated to banning it from society..

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  26. kowtow (8,184 comments) says:

    …….and National will support plain packaging it………., no wait, they won’t cos bros don ‘t eat it so the tail won’t need to wag the dog .

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  27. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    @DPF: Can you confirm (or deny) if you are still in favour of plain packaging for cigarettes?

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  28. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

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  29. Rufus (652 comments) says:

    DPF: “How about people be left for themselves to decide if they want to buy cheese with a lot of salt in it, or cheese with not much salt.”

    Bravo.

    Do you likewise support the production and sale of raw cheese?

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  30. MH (702 comments) says:

    not a lot of people know that the Pied Piper’s flute was made of cheese. A lot of rats could swim too, lucky for one of them it wasn’t salt water.

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  31. RRM (9,783 comments) says:

    I like cheese :-)

    But not blue cheese…

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  32. Fletch (6,254 comments) says:

    You can actually have as much salt as you want, as long as you have an appropriate amount of potassium as well.

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