Bloomburg is trying to make NY more healthy – I kind of love him

Mayor Bloomberg Declares War On … Salt

Hizzoner Calls On U.S. Manufacturers To Reduce Salt Content Until It Results In A 50 Percent Cut In 10 Years

Citizens Revolt, Claim NYC Is Turning Into Nanny State

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Singer Jimmy Buffett will never find his “lost shaker of salt” in New York City or any other place in the country if Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way. The mayor is waging a war on salt and he wants food manufacturers and restaurants to join his army … or else.

It’s ironic that the war on salt began on the very day the city was spreading tons of it on the streets to fight a snow storm, but in Bloomberg’s view there is good salt … and bad salt.

City officials said that people don’t realize the salt content of the things they buy in the supermarket. For example, potato chips you would think are the saltiest thing in the store but they have only 180 milligrams per serving. Turkey meatballs, on the other hand, have 660 milligrams per serving. Marble cake has 300 per serving and chicken noodle soup has nearly 1,400 milligrams of salt per serving.

The city’s plan is to get food manufacturers in the United States to agree to gradually start reducing salt content until it reaches a 50 percent cut in 10 years.

“Salt, when its high in the diet, increases the blood pressure and high blood pressure is a major factor for heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Sonia Angell of NYC’s Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program.

This is just Mayor Bloomberg’s latest health initiative, following on the heels of a smoking ban, a ban on trans fats and forcing restaurants to post the calorie contents.

But many New Yorkers peppered the mayor with boos for his latest idea.

“I don’t think they should do that,” a woman in Manhattan named “Nora” told CBS 2 HD. “Because I like salt in my food.”

“I don’t think it’s that big a deal to look on the label, check the packaging and make the decision for yourself rather than have Bloomberg or whoever mandate what it is people should or shouldn’t eat,” said Paul Hope of Upper West Side.

“Nanny state. We don’t need any more nanny state people can take care of themselves. We don’t need the government to take care of us,” said Patrick Keenan of Hell’s Kitchen.

The city says it doesn’t want to eliminate salt in food, just go back to the levels found during the 1970s.

Thomas Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, said he wants manufacturers and restaurants to join the war on salt voluntarily. If they don’t, the city could pass legislation making it the law.

Love it! I LOVE New York City mayors, they always do such great things! First reducing graffiti and turnstyle jumpers to decrease crime, now making the city healthier.

I think it’s obnoxious that people are “revolting.” I fully support Mayor Bloomberg in this effort, there is far too much salt on food today and people say they “like” it when they wouldn’t even notice if it wasn’t there – most of it is there for preservative purposes. My favorite quote:

“I don’t think they should do that,” a woman in Manhattan named “Nora” told CBS 2 HD. “Because I like salt in my food.”

Really? Who is this woman, Nora? Does she have an education? Does she weigh 300 lbs? Does she cook at home? Does she know that most of the time one cannot taste the salt? I love the people news channels choose to interview.

I also think it’s amazing that in the interview someone says to let people decide for themselves. I recognize this is a free country and all, but something has got to be done about the rising number of diabetes cases in this country, the number of obese children (who incidentally are the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents), the number of high blood pressure and heart attacks, etc. People are so uneducated about health, despite efforts that (I feel) they aren’t qualified to make a decision for themselves here. Our government is put in place to look out for our well being and represent us – I feel that this is what Mayor Bloomburg is doing and I applaud it.

I support Mayor Bloomburg in his efforts to reduce the population’s sodium intake and would gladly tell him he has my support!

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One response to “Bloomburg is trying to make NY more healthy – I kind of love him

  1. this is America. Let the people have salt.

    We dont need a nanny state — least of all in NYC!

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