Bloomberg Declares War On…..Salt

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salt.jpgMayor Bloomberg is waging a war on salt and he wants food manufacturers and restaurants to join his army…..or else.

It’s ironic that the war on salt began on the very day the city was spreading tons of it on the streets to fight a snow storm, but in Bloomberg’s view there is good salt – and bad salt.

City officials said that people don’t realize the salt content of the things they buy in the supermarket. For example, potato chips you would think are the saltiest thing in the store but they have only 180 milligrams per serving. Turkey meatballs, on the other hand, have 660 milligrams per serving. Marble cake has 300 per serving and chicken noodle soup has nearly 1,400 milligrams of salt per serving.

The city’s plan is to get food manufacturers in the United States to agree to gradually start reducing salt content until it reaches a 50 percent cut in 10 years.

This is just Mayor Bloomberg’s latest health initiative, following on the heels of a smoking ban, a ban on trans fats and forcing restaurants to post the calorie contents.

The city says it doesn’t want to eliminate salt in food, just go back to the levels found during the 1970s.

Thomas Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, said he wants manufacturers and restaurants to join the war on salt voluntarily. If they don’t, the city could pass legislation making it the law.

(Source: WCBSTV)

8 COMMENTS

  1. “Thomas Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, said he wants manufacturers and restaurants to join the war on salt voluntarily. If they don’t, the city could pass legislation making it the law.”

    It is none of his buisness!! Educate the public and let them decide for themselves!!!

  2. Anyone can add salt to his food on his own.Packaged food can be made with less.Notice how 7 oz.cans of tuna went down to 6 and now are 5 oz.,in the same size can.The salt is the same amount in the products that have less food in the containers making the percentage of sodium per package higher.

  3. Bloomberg should mind his own shop a little closer instead of being busy with everything else.
    -The streets are so broken up and nothing is repaired. I drove last week from Fl to NYC did not hit a single bump or pothole until I came over the Goethels.
    -I had a street light out several weeks ago, it took 3 weeks and repeated phone calls to get a bulb replaced.
    -This morning at 5am not a single street was salted or plowed in Boro park or Bensonhurst all the way to the Belt Pkway. Now that the snow has melted the plows are coming around every 15 minutes pushing the slush from 1 side to another and back. Here comes overtime for Sanitation.

  4. “It’s ironic that the war on salt began on the very day the city was spreading tons of it on the streets to fight a snow storm, but in Bloomberg’s view there is good salt – and bad salt.”

    As a professional structural engineer I would like to inform His Honor, Mayor Bloomberg, and everyone else that rock salt — used to melt snow — should be applied sparingly. Sand is actually better when the temperature is only a few degrees below freezing.

    Excessive use of rock salt in New York and other cities is the cause of damage to roads (potholes), damage to parking garages (spalling of concrete slabs and exposure and rusting of interior steel reinforcement), and damage to our cars (rusting, etc.).

    As Frum Jews we know that everything created by HASHEM YISBORACH is good (“VaYar ELOKIM Ki Tov”) — including all salts — if used by us appropriately.

  5. Reduce Salt? Maybe ban Kosher meat? Maybe ban
    Soda? What about chopped liver?
    We cannot depend on government to get so involved in our private lives.
    How about fining overweight people? If you are MORE than ten pounds overweight you get fined
    or taxed. WOW! What a revenue raiser.

  6. they should promote spiritual health as fervently..why they make a differnetiation between the two shows you who america is – esav. Gashmius, this is all they care about! If someone would even suggest tznius laws, or at the very least, stricter controls on tv and radio(and magazines), they would be laughed out of the courtroom and called a fanatic – well, is this not censorship and fanaticism? halavi, ban both things – i have no qualms about censorship – goyishe baalei taiva/gaiva, on the other hand, do.