Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nanny State to ban Salt?

In an attempt to give New Yorkers more control of their sodium intake, state Senator Eric Adams has proposed (SB 3597) a ban on restaurants using salt in their cooking.
The bill argues that it is giving people a chance for a healthier lifestyle. Luckily, consumers would still have the option of adding salt at their table.
Citing a report from the World Health Organization, the bill notes that at least 75 percent of the sodium intake in the U.S. comes at restaurants. The bill also cites vague "studies" that have proven lowering the salt people eat could reduce cases of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks as much as reductions in smoking, obesity, and cholesterol levels.
Predictably, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has been the sponsor of this bill in the Assembly in the past, but this session he hasn't introduced it yet. Maybe because he is crafting a bill to ban pepper in cooking?
Once again, though, this proposal reads like another waste of the paper it was printed on, as it will never even come up for a committee vote.

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