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Next food target: salt

April 23, 2009

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— First, it was a ban on artery-clogging trans fats. Then calories were posted on menus. Now the New York City health department is taking on salt.

City officials are meeting with food makers and restaurants to discuss reducing the amount of salt in common foods such as soup, pasta sauce, salad dressing and bread.

About three-quarters of the salt Americans eat comes from prepared and processed food, not from the salt shaker. That’s why New York officials want the food industry to help cut back.

“It’s very hard for an individual to do this on their own,” said Dr. Lynn Silver, an assistant commissioner in the health department.

Too much salt raises blood pressure, and high blood pressure raises the risk of heart disease. A recent analysis showed that for every gram of salt cut, as many as 250,000 cases of heart disease and 200,000 deaths could be prevented over a decade.

In the meantime, the Food and Drug Administration is considering a request to regulate salt content. An Institute of Medicine committee is also looking at ways to reduce salt consumption. The FDA says it is waiting for that committee report, due next year, before deciding the regulation issue.

Comments

logrithmic 4 years, 12 months ago

You can tell the rightwing kneejerks have never been to NYC. The typical New Yorker eats out far more than any of us do.

What is it about disclosure that makes rightwingers so frightened? From torture to genetically modified meat, they don't want this exposed to the public. They also attempt to water down claims like "organic."

We know that trans fats, a cheap way to produce food, was unhealthy, but the rightwingers felt it was perfectly fine for manufacturers to put these things in our foods without consequence. Now they are going to tell us that we don't need to know how much salt is in our food.

Rightwingers - head in the sand mentality. A friend of mine described it accurately with the phrase, "don't confuse me with the facts; I have my mind made up."

God bless!

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 12 months ago

And the nanny state marches on.

Pathetic.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 12 months ago

Ever to tried to eat peas without salt??? Not good

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Liberty_One 4 years, 12 months ago

Salt isn't bad for you, you need it to live--just drink enough water to flush out the excess.

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gr 4 years, 12 months ago

"About three-quarters of the salt Americans eat comes from prepared and processed food, not from the salt shaker. "

Reminds me of when Timmy used diesel and fertilizer to blow up the Oklahoma building. So they ban fertilizer or make it sticky and difficult for farmers to use. What about diesel?

Why not ban prepared and processed food and solve both the salt problem and the obesity problem?

Oh I know, it's kind of like knowing cigarettes are bad for you, so let's tax them and let everyone still smoke them.

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