Sunday, November 10, 2013


This reminds me of the history of the lowly Stollen.   Stolen is sort of a poor man's fruit cake.  But what is so significant is what the makers of it went through to get it made:

In the 15th century, in medieval Saxony (in central Germany, north of Bavaria and south of Brandenburg), the Prince Elector Ernst (1441 - 1486) and his brother Duke Albrecht (1443–1500) decided to remedy this by writing to the Pope in Rome. The Saxon bakers needed to use butter, as oil in Saxony was expensive, hard to come by, and had to be made from turnips, although we now know this was a healthy option.

Pope Nicholas V (1397–1455), in 1450 denied the first appeal. Five popes died before finally, Pope Innocent VIII, (1432–1492)in 1490 sent a letter to the Prince, known as the "Butter-Letter" which granted the use of butter (without having to pay a fine) - but only for the Prince-Elector and his family and household.

Others were also permitted to use butter, but with the condition of having to pay annually 1/20th of a gold Gulden to support the building of the Freiberg Minster. The ban on butter was removed when Saxony became Protestant.
So here we are, facing bans on the use of butter FIVE HUNDRED YEARS LATER by the new religious left.  Not only butter but also other ingredients.

I'm sorry, but this has gotten out of hand.

According to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist from Harvard University, the scientific consensus is that excessive sodium consumption by Americans is hazardous to your health. He suspects “sodium is next” to be looked at by the FDA.

Continuing down the slippery slope in light of Thursday’s FDA ruling, Tom Neltner, an analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., asserts that the FDA will scrutinize sugar as well.

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