New York To Salt: Drop dead

The headline of today’s post is a parody of a famous New York Daily News headline in 1975 when then President Gerald Ford refused to back a federal bailout for the financially troubled city.

This sample page from a New York Applebee's menu shows too much salt in every appetizer and both rib options, disgusting.
This sample page from a New York Applebee’s menu shows too much salt in every appetizer and both rib options, disgusting.

New York today begins to refuse to support high-salt restaurant foods anymore and hopefully that will have as profound an impact as the 1975 lack of a federal bailout did. The city today begins requiring chain restaurants to note on their menus items that have more than 2,300 mgs of sodium in them. That’s a day’s worth fo sat for a healthy person. For people like me who have had heart surgery, 1,500 mgs a day is recommended.

I am so glad to see New York act on salt, a killer that most municipalities and even federal regulators are ignoring, in my opinion. Restaurant food has way too much salt. Americans don’t realize what they’re being served when it comes to salt.

Just take a look at this Applebee’s menu that now, in New York, has to show items that have too much salt (noted with the salt shaker in a triangle). Almost every appetizer on the menu has too much salt, as do the ribs. Ridiculous.

The restaurant industry plans to fight this rule in court, I hope it loses. It’s about time salt-mageddon dawned so we can start getting the salt out of restaurant food and allow all of us to be able to enjoy eating out again.

John

 

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