Regulation Taking a Grain of Salt

Sometimes, just after waking in the morning, it’s possible to believe that people like this do not actually exist, but they’re out there, they’re more plentiful than is good for our nation’s health, and they seem to be getting bolder and bolder:

If State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has his way, the only salt added to your meal will come from the chef’s tears.
The Brooklyn Democrat has introduced a bill that would ban the use of salt in New York restaurants – and violators would be smacked with a $1,000 fine for every salty dish.
“No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food,” the bill reads.

Every movement and every era has its kooks, but this example cuts a bit too close to the debate about healthcare costs and government involvement in that industry for my tastes.

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Ken
Ken
11 years ago

We worry about transfats and too much carbohydrates and sugar in our diets leading to obesity but yet no one has been really beating the drum on the excessive use of salt in fast food chains and restaurants. From the Center For Science In The Public Interest: http://www.cspinet.org/new/200905111.html CSPI researchers examined 17 chains and found that 85 out of 102 meals had more than a day’s worth of sodium, and some had more than four days’ worth, including the following: CSPI has listed the Top Ten of the Saltiest Meals in America 1) Red Lobster; Admiral’s Feast (4,662), Caesar Salad w/Caesar Dressing (930), Creamy Lobster Topped Mashed Potato (1,110), Cheddar Bay Biscuit (350), Lemonade (54) 7,106 mg or 3.1 teaspoons of salt 2) Chili’s Buffalo Chicken Fajitas w/ Tortillas & Condiments (6,846), Dr Pepper (70) 6,916 mg or 3.0 teaspoons of salt. 3) Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Ribs (5,150), Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy (1,050), Seasonal Vegetables (170), Dr Pepper (70) 6,440 mg or 2.8 teaspoons of salt 4) Olive Garden Tour of Italy (lasagna) (3,830), 1 Breadstick (350), Garden Fresh Salad w/ House Dressing (1,990), Coca Cola (6) 6,176 mg or 2.7 teaspoons of salt 5) Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana (3,380), 1 Breadstick (350), Garden Fresh Salad w/ House Dressing (1,990), Raspberry Lemonade (15) 5,735 mg or 2.7 teaspoons of salt 6) Denny’s Double Cheeseburger (3,880), Onion Rings (980), Tomato Juice (680) 5,540 mg or 2.4 teaspoons of salt 7) Denny’s Spicy Chicken Buffalo Melt (3,870), Rice Pilaf (820), 2% Milk (116) 4,806 mg or 2.1 teaspoons of salt 8) KFC Half Chicken Meal (2,400), Biscuit (530), Macaroni & Cheese (880), Mean Greens (400), Lipton Brisk Green Peach Tea (560) 4,770 mg or 2.1 teaspoons of salt 9) Dairy Queen Spicy Chili Bowl (3,900), Side Salad w/ Fat Free Ranch Dressing (450),… Read more »

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

It’s amazing how much excessive salt is in canned foods.
Soups and veggies are the biggest offenders.
I actually read the labels and shop accordingly.

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
11 years ago

I think it notable that neither McDonalds, nor Burger King, are on the list.

Ken
Ken
11 years ago

Warrington Faust.
The list is for the Top Ten of the Saltiest Meals in America!
When you go to the CSIP web site and read the “Heart Attack Entrées and Side Orders of Stroke” or “Salt Assault; Brand-Name Comparison of Processed Foods” or “Salt The Forgotten Killer” or “Are Your Children Overdosing on Salt? What Every Parent Needs to Know” McDonalds and Burger King are very well listed along with some other notables.
Nothing like Red Lobster and the king of salt Denny’s Restaurant chain.

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
11 years ago

Ken writes:
“When you go to the CSIP web site and read the “Heart Attack Entrées and Side Orders of Stroke” or “Salt Assault; Brand-Name Comparison of Processed Foods” or “Salt The Forgotten Killer” or “Are Your Children Overdosing on Salt? What Every Parent Needs to Know” McDonalds and Burger King are very well listed along with some other notables.”
That doesn’t surprise me. What did surprise me is that they were not in the Top 10.

Monique
Editor
11 years ago

“I actually read the labels and shop accordingly.”
No, no, Joe. You’re not capable of doing this for yourself. No one is. We need an all-powerful, grossly over funded government (which, judging from this legislation, has way too much time on its hands) to do it for us.

Defender of Freedom
Defender of Freedom
11 years ago

Buy stock in salt and salt shakers. I have a feeling sales are going to skyrocket since everyone will be packing one just like cell phones.
Is there a nice way to tell these kooks who come up with these ideas to F-off?
Let’s see…..Hey Mr. Assemblyman, F-OFF!!!
Nope, guess not.

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
11 years ago

I am reminded of a friend whose family had been in the siver business for several generations. In the 80’s, during the cocaine hey day, their salt cellars and spoons flew out of the warehouse. Some had been there 50 years. They couldn’t figure it out.

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