The World Health Organization warned that millions of people all over the world are dying from too much salt and that governments must implement "mandatory sodium reduction."
Francesco Branca, director of the WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, says that 1.8 million people per year are dying from too much sodium in their diet.
That's .02% of the population of the planet mind you, and in order to save them, we all need to give up our salt.
The goal was originally to get all the countries of the world reined in on salt intake by 2025, but you know how these global doomsday scenarios work. No one really wants to follow through on it.
Branca said he was considering extending the target to 2030.
Yep, we're adding in another 2030 agenda item.
The WHO wants your government to mandate less salt for you, essentially cutting sodium use in half.
"Unhealthy diets are a leading cause of death and disease globally, and excessive sodium intake is one of the main culprits," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. "This report shows that most countries are yet to adopt any mandatory sodium reduction policies, leaving their people at risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. WHO calls on all countries to implement the ‘Best Buys' for sodium reduction, and on manufacturers to implement the WHO benchmarks for sodium content in food."
And why is salt so unhealthy?
Well some studies have shown that low-salt diets can reduce high systolic blood pressure by 3.82 mmHg. Mind you, healthy systolic blood pressure is 125-144 mmHg, so knocking 4 points off that number is almost negligible, and a topic of hot debate in the medical research world.
Salt has also been linked to heart disease and cancer, but low salt diets have been linked to high cholesterol (another heart disease culprit), dehydration, and neurological disorders, and there are as many studies arguing against the connection of sodium to all of these issues as there are linking them.
So if the health science isn't nailed down 100% and would help very few people, why is the WHO so hot to curb global salt use?
Seriously, why is this a thing that the WHO is worrying about? There are a thousand other health issues it could be tackling.
I mean, isn't the WHO and the UN obsessed with things like lowering our food output by reducing nitrogen production?
Modern processing of food with salt and other preservatives has led to the ability of the planet to sustain 8.5 billion people (and allow them to live a lot longer).
This makes you wonder why another global group is going after salt, which has been used for food preservation for millennia and would help what little food we have last longer and taste better during scarcity.
The needs of the few woke elites outweigh the needs of the many?