U.S. Government mandated salt/sodium restrictions? in Food Traditions & Culture Posted May 13, 2009 In a perfect world I would argue that the government should keep it's snoot completely out of how people choose to eat. However, being in a world where personal responsibility no longer exists and everything is somebody elses fault, I can somewhat understand the reasoning behind it. Nobody is hefty because they ate 4 jumbosize burger combos for lunch every day while completely failing to exercise in any way, they're hefty because the government allows those 4 combos to contain too much fat. Nobody takes in too much sodium because they blindly live on fast and convenience foods, they take in too much sodium because the government doesn't make it impossible for them to do so by restricting the sodium in those foods. Of course once the government does restrict it, it won't taste the same. So most of those same people will dump half the salt shaker on it... until the government regulates the sale of home salt shakers or doles out salt by prescription.←I think education and regulation are two very different things. When giant chains like Applebee's refuse to even tell their customers what they're eating, that's just plain lazy/evasive. There's no excuse. An educated consumer makes wiser choices - that's been shown time and time again. You're Canadian, so you probably don't remember this, but back in the 80s there was this thing in schools called "recess" and "gym", and even a Presidential Fitness award program for students. It taught kids about the food pyramid and the importance of exercise and nutrition and all that. It worked, and then as the schools crumbled so did this kind of education. And now we have a rampant obesity epidemic. People don't know what's in their food, and they don't know that their food might be making them sick. The answer isn't regulation, it's education. I think you missed the point. And by the way, if you think the government should "keep its snoot completely out of the way people choose to eat," do you think the government should regulate food safety? Or should it just be "caveat emptor" - maybe that chicken was handled correctly, maybe not.