Thursday, March 11, 2010

April Fools? Proposal To Ban The Use of Salt by NYC Restaurant Chefs

When I see an article like this, I immediately do two things.  First, I check the date to see if it's April Fools Day.  Then, I check and make sure the article isn't from The Onion.  Sadly, the proposed ban of salt use by chefs in NYC restaurants is neither an April Fools Joke nor an Onion satire.

"Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.

"No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises," the bill, A. 10129 , states in part."

I'm all in favor of healthier eating habits, but this is absurd.  


Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Wait till the demanding consumers of Manhattan restuarants start tasting what their food actually tastes like instead of all that salt.

Banning salt is a stupider idea than banning alcohol in the 1930s.

TenMile said...

use salt in any form

also means no A1, Tabasco, mayo, mustard, canned veggies of any sort, pickles and bundles of other stuff.

Love the Nanny State - and its people.

rjs said...

thats crazy, kid...sure, most people get too much, but sodium plays an important role in muscle contraction and your nervous system, & you need a sodium/potassium electrolyte balance to hold water in your cells; lack of those electrolytes is why people can die of dehydration from dysentery...

Yangabanga said...
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Yangabanga said...

*sarcasm* But what about all the innocent whales and other sealife that you are killing off every time you take salt out of the ocean to put in your food. I'm starting a movement for sustainable condiments!

Sure it is true that all the shitty fast food that is eaten tends to have lots of salt in it. But those places hardly have "chefs" and they don't add or use salt, just heat stuff up in microwaves and fryers. So they'll get away with it! What Bloomberg will end up doing is killing off one of the best things in NYC: the food made by a wide variety of ethnic and fine dining chefs. Most of which isn't that healthy but tastes oh so good.