Take this with grain of salt

Here’s how to make Manhattan restaurant food as bland as that of an institutional cafeteria: Prohibit restaurants from using salt in any of the food they serve.

That’s the latest extreme effort to protect people from the perils of life, courtesy of a Brooklyn legislator who introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of salt in all restaurants in New York state.

“New York City is considered the restaurant capital of the world,” responded New York celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. “If they banned salt, nobody would come here anymore.”

That apparently doesn’t matter to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, who introduced the salt bill and says he just wants to save lives.

Excessive salt intake can increase the risk of high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. But modest amounts of salt in a diet are not considered a health risk. And, while some restaurants — especially fast-food places — have menu items laden with salt, others use only small amounts to improve the taste of food.

Proposing a bill for an across-the-board ban on the use of salt in restaurants is a tasteless bit of grandstanding. We expect the New York Legislature will dump this quickly.


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