You Eat Too Much Salt! (Or So Says New York)

Kim Conte
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salt shakerConfession time. Sometimes, and Mr. Cafe Kim will attest to this, I have been known to eat salt straight out of the shaker. I know, I know, totally revolting, not to mention unhealthy, but I can't help it. Whereas some people have a serious sweet tooth, I crave: SALT.

But my days consuming excess salt may be numbered, especially if a new salt health initiative out of New York takes hold. The new plan sets a national goal of reducing the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant food by 25 percent over five years. And a few restaurants and food companies are already on board...

Similar to the sweet tax and laws prohibiting trans fats in restaurant foods, the salt initiative seeks to reduce salt in foods by anywhere from 10 to 40 percent in an effort to reduce high blood pressure and prevent strokes, heart attacks, and other illness associated with high salt consumption.

The difference between this and the obsesity taxes? The salt plan is voluntary. There is no salt legislation. In other words, companies choose to comply because they think they will get good publicity.

It will be interesting to see whether "good publicity" is enough of a draw for companies to cut down on the amount of salt in their products. So far, only a few national companies are on board with the plan including Subway and A. & P. supermarket chain.

Do you consume too much salt? What do you think of this new salt initiative? Is it a good idea or too intrusive?

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