New York Urges Lesser Salt Intake
The health department of the city announced Monday, January 11, that it is talking to restaurants and food companies to voluntarily reduce salt usage by 25% over the next five years.
“Salt is a huge problem in our diets. The majority of us consume too much salt, which increases blood pressure and puts us at risk for heart attack and stroke,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Program Director of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of the city.
The target is not to eliminate salt or any food product, just reduction of usage so that people can adjust to foods with fewer salt ingredients.
Some members of the food sector have gladly started reducing salt use while others voiced out their concerns that it is another attempt to control a commodity, the degree of consumption of which, should have been free for consumers.
The department had previously tackled smoking, artificial trans fats and high calorie fast food.
Additional comments from the public sector can be submitted to the department until February 1.