I have heard a lot over the past year or so regarding New York's possible bill passing to reduce salt in restaurants, etc. I know that a lot of people eat too much salt - but that is their choice. I rarely eat out at restaurants and don't buy a lot of ready-made foods to cook at home because for 1, it gets very expensive, and 2, I know that a lot of additives tend to go in and I have high BP so I avoid excess salt as much as possible. I can't even find the salt shaker in my own house half the time because I so rarely use it and then my kids and partner don't either (gee I'm setting an example! at home! fancy that!).
My thoughts are that since so many other people don't seem to do that, the govt wants to force salt reduction at the source instead. A lot of people support the idea, shouting about how much salt is put in their food .... well are they not then saying 'we are too stupid to figure this out ourselves, so we need the govt to do it for us'??? Do all these people HAVE to eat at restaurants? Perhaps fewer people going out to eat and listing 'salt' as their main reason would cause the restaurants to rethink things on their own. Isn't that how things are supposed to work? Instead of calling on the govt to mandate more and more regulations that cost the tax payers more money to implement and control?
For example, we had a local buffet-style restaurant here that decided ON THEIR OWN to stop using MSG years before it became a household name. I knew people that worked there and the owners decided to stop spraying the food with MSG because they had a few former customers who said they could not eat there anymore because they had either developed an allergy to it, or they had learned from their doctor that MSG was turning out to be 'not good'. The owner looked into it more himself and decided on his own to stop that practise. He said that because it was mainly used to preserve the food while it sat out in the buffet, he would start putting out smaller amounts of food, and check on it all more often. He put up little signs that they printed out themselves saying 'NO MSG ADDED!'. All by himself. Years later it was commonplace to see NO MSG signs in various restaurants and on food packaging - but his restaurant did that on it's own based on customer needs/wishes. They did not want to lose their customers so they adjusted with the times.
Why can't that happen now? If people are truly that unhappy about their salt intake, why are they still heading off to restaurants willy nilly? They know it's in there, so why don't they stop going? Surely a restaurant losing customers to salt levels would rethink things themselves? Shouldn't it be more self-regulating? I dunno, maybe I am blind or something but I don't see why there has to be SO many regulations. We rely entirely too much on food that other people have prepared and/or cooked instead of doing it ourselves. I love going out to eat once in awhile, it's a treat! But then I adjust throughout the day to make up for it, adjust my intake the next day, and don't add even more salt to my food while it sits on the table. Packages in the shops have listed sodium for as long as I can remember, it only takes 1 second to look at it. People should be able to do this on their own. There are perhaps other regulations we cannot control things such as how hot the restaurant cooks our food or how long it sits out before it goes to waste, etc - maybe those kinds of regulations are okay. But forcing restaurants to completely stop adding salt?
According to MyFox New York, one part of the bill states: " No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food..."