This past weekend, CNN reported that the health department in Buenos Aires reached an agreement with the hotel and restaurant federation to remove salt shakers from the tables.
The government also signed an agreement with the local breadmakers federation to reduce by 40% the amount of sodium in bread sold in the province.
Does this seem extreme to you – especially the salt shaker thing?
The health minister was quoted as saying “On average, each Argentinian consumes 13 grams of salt daily, while according to the World Health Organization, you should consume less than five.”
So, yeah, there’s a problem down there. But, is prohibition the way to go?
The two people they interviewed offered varied reactions. One was happy to have the temptation removed. The other was a little more grumpy about it:
“I am against prohibitions. I think that we have to educate people so that they know what to do, not prohibit it, but put it as an option.”
I’m with Grumpy Pants. Teach people, don’t just remove part of the problem and assume it will all go away.
I think the majority of sodium in diets come from processed foods, not from the salt shaker. I’ve pointed it out before, but to get a good visual of what foods are high in salt, check this webmd.com slide show.
Want some tips on cutting out the salt in your diet that goes beyond banning the salt shaker at the table? Here you go.