Food labelling and the facts hidden in full view

All businesses strive to be as efficient as possible. Unfortunately: they’re also quite economical with the truth, regardless of the possible negative effects upon our health. Meme with the caption: 'What is a loophole. As far as the food industry is concerned, a looophole is a way around the law made to prevent them from poisoning us'

Nutritionists advise us to limit our salt intake to 4 gram per day, while government legislation insists that all foods must provide nutritional information, including that of salt, on their packaging.

So far so good, but it didn’t take long for the food industry to wheel out the smoke and mirrors. Effectively circumventing the rules with the aid of a loophole.

For reasons known only to themselves, and possibly aided by political donations, they’re allowed to provide the sodium content, rather than that of salt. Not everyone has a degree in chemistry, and this is where the deception begins.

Some people will not know anything of the relationship between salt and sodium. Therefore: when reading the nutrition label and only seeing sodium, will assume zero salt content. Unfortunately it goes deeper, much deeper.

Meme showing the sodium content on a food package label. The caption reads: 'In case you're wondering, 170mg of sodium = 425mg of salt'

The morally void serpents are well aware that some consumers assume salt and sodium are one and the same. Meaning they think one gram of sodium is the same as one gram of salt. Yet the plot thickens.

Some of us are familiar with the fact that salt has two components: sodium and chlorine. Even if we were to double the sodium content to determine the overall salt level, we’d still be wide of the mark.

Food label meme showing the periodic table of the elements. The caption reads: 'The periodic table tells us what the food industry don't want us to know, 1 gram of sodium = 2.5 gram of salt'

The one thing missing from food packaging is the atomic mass of the individual ingredients. With this information, we could see that chlorine is 1 and a half times greater than that of sodium.

A food label listing a sodium content of 1 gram would contain approximately 2.5 grams of salt. The possible harmful effects of such skullduggery aside, if this isn’t deception, please show me what is.

No doubt the parasitic vermin will try and turn the tables and lay the blame firmly at our feet. Afterall: who would be so dumb as to go shopping without their own copy of the periodic table of the elements.

The stark reality is: people are being physically harmed because they lack knowledge of chemistry. This, by any other name, is assault, and much worse than being caned for failing the chemistry test.