Monday, January 31, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Readers shake salt habit

 

COMMENT OF THE DAY: I believe this is yet another attack on our rights as salt-fearing Americans. Slowly but surely the government is trying to take away our right to enjoy as much salt as we please; what comes next, our right to own land?! I say we should all band together as a nation, and eat nothing but salt. Buy giant bags of salt, open it up, and pour it down your mouth. Show our 'comrades' in Washington who's really in charge!" --umbrella1

 

Federal dietary guidelines target salt, saturated fats

 

Readers shared opinions on salt use, as well as tips for reducing use. Many complained that there weren't enough options when eating out and suggested cooking your own food.

 

grofys noted, "Many people would be surprised what real food tastes like, sans all the salt and sugar. I'm lucky enough to have a vegetable garden and am still amazed at the distinct flavors in herbs, vegetables and fruit. Salt just tastes like salt." Euridice said, "I've been on a reduced-sodium diet for over two years now and have gotten used to it, though sometimes I have a craving for salty food. The one food I never eat anymore is Chinese" ... "when dining out. I put nutritional yeast and no-sodium Spike on popcorn, and I season vegies, poultry, eggs, and meat with pepper and a salt alternative called No Salt. I am always seeing more and more foods in the supermarket labeled low-sodium or reduced sodium."

 

Mjollnir wrote, "I read an article, it might have even been here at CNN, that people who love salt are supertasters. Their taste buds and working overtime and they can taste things that others cannot." This commenter is correct about the article; check out this link: Love salt? You might be a 'supertaster'

 

soul357 said, "When I see grocery stores having playgrounds and clowns and give toys away with vegatables or fruits in its produce section I'd say we're on to something." Gilasevi responded, "Will never happen. Right now, since the Super Bowl is around the corner, almost all major supermarkets have these elaborate setups that reach up and all around you the minute you walk in promoting sodium filled chips and alcoholic beverages, in cases, stacked... along with chips..."

 

Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act

 

The discussion about health care reform was mostly spirited, and maybe a little ugly at times. Almost 1,500 comments poured into CNN's This Just In blog post before the main story posted on CNN.com. It is interesting to note that the comments on the story and blog post have proven to be somewhat different in tone and viewpoint. Overall, the conversation was pretty even, but increasingly began to skew toward opposing the health care plan.

 

Hannibal7 penned a well-liked post: "Wonderful and amazing! A judge that honestly interpreted this health care law in the context of the constituion and ruled, based on what he read in the Constitution rather than what he thought the law ought to be. Diogenes, you may put away one of your lamps. Judge Roger Vinson is the honest man." TexByers said, "This is a beautiful thing. The federal government does not have the right to mandate the purchase any product or service. They better go back to school on Obamacare. It is a half-baked law." annsrum wrote, "I feel it was irresponsible of the legislature to pass this law without addressing the constitutional issue first. When it comes to law, you can't just say, 'Well it's the right thing to do.' Judges do have some leeway for interpretation but they cannot legislate from the bench either."

 

Some of those in favor of the Obama plan said people are already paying for health care, but in a different way. Lebowski1776 noted in a reply to another commenter, "You WILL eventually get sick whether you mean to or not. You WILL eventually die whether you mean to or not. You WILL affect my premiums whether you mean to or not." The commenter also wrote, "Let's repeal federal military while we're at it. I'm not afraid of other countries or terrorists. Why should I have to pay for someone else being scared and unable to protect themselves?"

 

Federal judge says key parts of health care reform unconstitutional

 

Brent wrote, "Taxpayers already pay for illegal immigrants. They go to the emergency room. The bill gets passed on to tax payers. The sub-prime mortgage crisis was created from lack of government. Clinton took off regulations that made available the biggest pyramid scheme ever." kevin said, "Ironic that the older, less-healthy americans who stand to benefit the most from a mandate are the ones against it. How often do you see 20-somethings raising helk about this program? Young people are the ones who will have to buy health insurance and not need to use it. my employer and i pay $12000 in premiums, and my wife and I only use about $3,000 for medical expenses each year. We young people are the ones making this insurance system work, no different than social security, etc. (It's just the opposite with car insurance though...)."

 

Some discussion took place about Canada's health care system, and exactly how much people are charged for it was the subject of some debate. Someone From Canada wrote, "Canada Healthcare is one of the main reasons people live in Canada. The concerns there are more about burden and responsibility on healthcare professionals and services, but not the patients. Here in the U.S., it's the patient that gets the hit from every direction." Alan said, "There two sides to that coin. For everyone that says Canada's system is great there is someone saying it not. The fact of the matter is that the United States is a lot more diverse than Canada. No single solution is going to work for the entire country. The regulation, law, or whatever mechanism the government uses needs to be tailored to the needs of each area. This is why we have state and local governments. They should be the lead on this, not the federal government."

 

Dano said, "Why can't we have two health care systems in the US? One for Republicans and one for Democrats? There was a reason 'no' health care bill has passed in this country for over 40 years. If we can't have two separate health care systems, I say we repeal this one to shut everyone up and just live the rest of our lives like the idiots we are and not pass anything. The next candidate that even mentions 'health care' will not have my vote!"

 

Jonathan Knight: I was never in the closet

 

Countless readers told us were brokenhearted that Jonathan Knight would release an announcement with so many exclamation marks in it. They'd expected better from the former New Kids on the Block member. Some other commenters had things to say about the fact that he's gay, but for the most part, no one was all that surprised.

 

Fred broke in with an important update: "And in other news, oranges are orange in color." Another commenter, Snoopdog, had a news flash of his own: "In other late breaking, shocking news there was an escalator outage on the Washington Metro Rail today!" Or, maybe it was Deena who said it best: "I about died laughing to see this one the front page of CNN this a.m.; as a fan of these guys this is something the majority of us already knew. Jon is a great guy, and should be known more for speaking out about bullying, The Trevor Project, and the other issues he likes to help out."

 

But ... "Why did he use so damn many exclamation points?" asked i love. For some, it really was about the punctuation. Tmber wrote, "This! guy! uses! too! many! exclamation! points! He must be TERRIBLY excited all the time!" Perhaps, as Peter V. noted, "Nowadays everybody seems to rely on exclamation points to show happiness in what they write and not appear angry. My guess is the writer wanted to show that Jon was happy and that his words were not angry ones. Moreover, celebrity mags and websites overdose on exclamation points. Everything they communicate is...simply...breathless....and....so....OMG!!!!!! Please don't blame Jon for that."

 

There were a few implications that the exclamation marks were inserted into the text. But a message posted by Knight shows the marks there to begin with. ribblefizz said, "He wrote it, exclamation marks and all. Since he is not the one writing THIS article, his words (whether they were originally spoken or written) are represented in quotation marks. The exclamation marks are his, and the quotation marks indicate that. ... The only sentence of Knight's that doesn't have an exclamation point is the one where he's quoting an imaginary tabloid headline. (Which is a bit ironic...)"

 

YOUR TURN: Now that you've read what other people are saying, do you find that your views align with theirs? Think of this as a wishing well in need of your 2 cents. Post a comment below or sound off on video.

 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

10 Comments
January 31, 2011
Click to view RaveDave's profile

I run 5 miles a day at a pretty quick pace.  When it's below freezing outside, I still sweat a lot.  When it's hot outside, I'm literally dripping sweat.  If I don't get enough salt in my food, I'll just eat salt by itself.  Pickle juice is also good.  I've heard some pro sports teams also use pickle juice for their workouts.

January 31, 2011
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I'm really addicted to salt. It's the first thing I put on my food before I even taste it. I need discipline. But boy is it good!

January 31, 2011
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salt brings out the flavor of food, real food, good food.  fast food is not fresh and hardly food at all thus they have to load it up with salt for preserving and taste.  so real fresh food is good food and a little salt makes a great combination!

January 31, 2011
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The United States are more diverse than Canada?

 

Les États-Unis sont plus divers que le Canada?

February 1, 2011
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Throw out the table salt and use as much sea salt as you wish. Sea salt has vital minerals that our body needs and it has been baked out of easy to pour salt. And saturated fats? Eat as much as you want. Get it in grass fed butters, coconut oil, grass fed meats and palm oil.

February 1, 2011
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@Neal56.  Table salt and sea salt contain the same amount of Sodium Chloride (aka salt).  Sea salt should be used in identical quantities to table salt  - and not 'as much as you wish'.

February 1, 2011
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I dislike salty food and try to avoid things that taste salty.  I very rarely add any salt to my food.  Despite this, I have trouble staying within a healthy sodium intake.  There is so much 'hidden' salt in our foods.  It seems that everything fast is loaded with salt.  TV dinners (even the 'healthy' ones are terrible), deli meats, soup (again even the healthy and low sodium options are loaded with salt), fast food and restaurant food - all are loaded with sodium. 

 

As for the sea salt vs table salt debate, both of them are 99% good old NaCl.  In table salt they filter out most of the elemental impurities and often times add a small amount of iodine (iodine is good for you).  Sea salt contains more impurities, thus can have a slightly different flavor.  The impurities have an insignificant nutritional value.  Since they are both 99% the same thing, it is not ok to pour sea salt all over your food.  You need to use it in as much moderation as table salt.  Each will give you high blood pressure as fast as the other. 

February 2, 2011
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Does that also go for auto insurance.

Can we tell Massachssets and other states that their laws are unconstitutional?

February 3, 2011
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we are americans and we are democrats ,we proudly display the symbol of the jackass.and we need to have the government think for us and tell us how much salt we should use.and sugar also.cause we stupiddddd.and and and how to wipe our ass also.

September 8, 2015
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I love salt. Especially in soups. The more the better.
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