I think it's a good idea, based on what I've seen of the scientific data. Furthermore, salt can easily be added to foods, but it cannot be easily removed. Personally, I briefly was on a low salt diet for a completely different reason (an inner ear problem) last year, and one of the major problems I found was that, even on "heart healthy" menu choices, if anything, fat and perhaps overall calories or carbs were controlled, but the amount of sodium was ghastly. I'm off that diet now, but I still try to reduce my sodium intake where possible, and I would like to have more options.NY Times said:On Monday, the Bloomberg administration plans to unveil a broad new health initiative aimed at encouraging food manufacturers and restaurant chains across the country to curtail the amount of salt in their products.
The plan, for which the city claims support from health agencies in other cities and states, sets a goal of reducing the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant food by 25 percent over the next five years.
Public health experts say that would reduce the incidence of high blood pressure and should help prevent some of the strokes and heart attacks associated with that condition. The plan is voluntary for food companies and involves no legislation. It allows companies to cut salt gradually over five years so the change is not so noticeable to consumers.
We all consume way too much salt, and most of the salt we consume is in the food when we buy it, said Dr. Thomas Farley, the city health commissioner, whose department is leading the effort. Eighty percent of the salt in Americans diets comes from packaged or restaurant food. Dr. Farley said reducing salt from those sources would save lives.
Since taking office, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who just began his third term, has gained a reputation as an advocate for healthy living, initiating prominent campaigns against smoking and harmful trans fats. To combat obesity, he has campaigned for calorie labeling on restaurant menus and warned consumers about sugary soft drinks.
The citys salt campaign is in some ways more ambitious and less certain of success than the ones it waged against smoking and obesity. For one thing, the changes it prescribes require cooperation on a national scale, city officials said, because major food companies cannot be expected to alter their products for just the New York market.