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Salt to possibly be banned in restaurant cooking in NYC. Really. Here is the first in my series.

My friend Art Carden writes:

Quoth a Facebook friend, in linking this piece about a proposed ban on salt in New York restaurants:

“Just when I thought people protesting the trans fat ban using a slippery slope argument were being ridiculous, some jackass goes & proves them right.

Art Carden, enjoy the sweet salty taste of vindication.”

I assume this was in reference to my last Forbes piece, which considered bans on trans fats. I think the people who are really vindicated here are Mario Rizzo and Glen Whitman, who have pointed out that the new paternalism leads us down a slippery slope. Here’s the last of Glen Whitman’s blog posts summarizing the points in the paper.

4 Responses to “Next!”

  1. Andrew says:

    Haha, I had a feeling you were going to pick up on this. Here’s a nice excerpt from the hack who introduced it:

    ““I think salt should be banned in restaurants. I ask if a dish has salt in it, and if I does, I get something else that doesn’t have salt,” Ortiz tells me, before going on to say that he has eaten, and expects he will continue to eat, among other things, ham, cheese and bread in restaurants, all of which contain salt.”

    http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/13889/assemblyman-seeking-to-ban-all-salt-in-restaurant-cooking/

  2. azmyth says:

    If this goes through, restaurants will effectively be outlawed. I can’t think of anything that doesn’t contain at least a little salt. It makes me want to join the Chocolate Underground.

  3. Harry says:

    Azymyth is correct, except Mike Bloomberg will not outlaw restaurants — only the ones that serve food.

    I’m waiting for a comment from Wintercow’s brother on this subject. Is the salt standard poor, or what?

    But then it’s just salt, right?

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