NYC’s “astonishingly presumptuous” salt plan

by Walter Olson on January 11, 2010

“Because it requires the participation of restaurant chains and food manufacturers, it will, if successful, affect the diet of the entire country,” notes Jacob Sullum. Ira Stoll offers a reminder “that, as the government assumes a larger share of health care costs, it is increasingly able to use that as a justification to intrude into personal decisions or private enterprises, whether it’s a matter of smoking policy, trans-fats, or salt.” (& ShopFloor).

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1 Todd Rogers 01.11.10 at 8:27 pm

Salt is a gateway mineral. It starts with a dash of good ole’ Morton on your fries. Pretty soon, you replace the shaker with a cardboard tube. Before long you’re following municipal snow plows while you gobble up the excess. Then, you move to the major leagues and you just start drinking from The Pacific. Then your head explodes. This is salt. This is your brain on salt.

2 John Burgess 01.11.10 at 10:24 pm

First they went for the sodium chloride, then it was the potassium chloride. By the time they got to the iodides, there was no one left…

3 Mark Biggar 01.12.10 at 5:30 pm

Can someone please explain why the arguments used to justify Roe v Wade don’t also apply to all of these nanny state laws including ObamaCare to make them unconstitutional? Or is this one of the biggest cases of hypocrisy ever?

4 redplanet 01.13.10 at 3:57 am

This is not a good move because:
According to Richard H. Ahrens, Ph.D. of the USDA and an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Maryland, salt use does not cause hypertension as is frequently claimed. There should be no salt restrictions during pregnancy and no diuretic use. If there is edema in pregnancy, extra salt brings about diuresis. It can be a serious mistake for an individual to avoid salt for no apparent reason. For any loss of body fluids – excessive perspiration or urination, vomiting or diarrhea – the lost salt must be replaced. A person with undiagnosed adrenal dysfunction (who is therefore a salt loser) on a salt restricted diet may be slowly deteriorating as the result.

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