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Ortiz says the ban would give more control to restaurant customers by allowing them to add salt to their own meals after they have been prepared and, thus, "exercise healthier diets and healthier lifestyles."
Ortiz goes on to say, "Studies have also proven that lowering the amount of salt people eat, even by small amounts, could reduce cases of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks as much as reductions in smoking, obesity, and cholesterol levels."
Being part of a voluntary initiative like New York's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene National Salt Reduction Initiative -- which seeks to cut the levels of sodium in restaurant and packaged foods by 20 percent over the next five years -- is one thing, but being forced to eliminate salt entirely from food preparation under penalty of law, is another thing entirely.
How do you feel? Should consumers be responsible for seasoning their own food or does restaurant regulation smack of Big Brotherism? Besides, what will this do to the delis (already a dying breed) that rely on pickling salt? Please take this poll and let me know how you feel.
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