Warning: reading this blog may be hazardous to your health.
(A few months ago)
I was reading the New York Times Online, and I saw that the health puritans of New York City's Bloomberg administration once again wish to impose their dietary restrictions upon the citizenry. After making smokers into pariahs; eliminating trans fats, (but inconsistently), they now want to reduce the salt intake of the citizens. What's more ominous about this effort, is that this time, they hope to influence U.S. food processors/manufacturers nationwide to reduce the salt content of their products.
Will there be salt inspection checkpoints at the New York City lines?
This next one may alarm our friend Felipe. Note the desperate, salt-craved look on the Subway customer's face, desperately clawing the glass case.
In 2008, New York City began forcing chains like Subway to post calorie counts, a requirement that restaurants resisted.
(NY Times photo and caption)
Please don't get me wrong. I think reducing one's sodium intake is a good idea. I have seen the terrible effects of strokes, and I'm strongly in favor of prevention. I only disagree with having our personal dining choices mandated by a city council with apparently nothing better to do than to interefere with our free choice to smoke, to eat fats and to ingest salt.
I mean, REALLY! We're not talking hard drugs here.
But, I'm not worried. It can't happen here in Mexico. Here, we have the freedom to eat all the fat and salt laden comida chatarra (junk food) we want, anytime. A bag of salty snacks and a soft drink are a cherished snack combination for many Mexicans. One can even eat the crappy food of your choice while riding unhelmeted on a motorbike. That's true freedom. Only in Mexico.
(Oh, but smoking in most public places was banned in Mexico City last year. Surely they wouldn't infringe on our freedom to eat unhealthy foods??)
Can you imagine a michelada or a margarita without a salt rimmed goblet? Barcel and Sabritas would have to go out of business.
Citizens of New York! Hear me! Guard your freedoms, because the next step will be to ban the salted pretzel or bagel. What about Kosher chickens or meat, which are heavily salted to remove the blood? Will a religious exemption be made? (I can see the ACLU getting involved in this.)
You'll never miss your bad eating habits until they are taken away.
ALARM! ALARM! ALARM!
UPDATE: Yesterday, I read on mouthfulsfood.com, a foodie forum, that NY State Legislator Fritz Ortiz has introduced a bill in the Assembly to prohibit restaurants, state wide, from using ANY salt in their food. I think restaurant customers will still be permitted to salt their food, at least for a while. How nice.
(But I'll bet that their names will be recorded and they'll henceforth be secretly followed and watched. Eventually, they'll be interned in Dietary Re-Education Camps.) It's for their own good.
Really (and I am not making this up.), there is a proposed fine of $1000 per violation on the restaurant owner. In my opinion, the violation is the one imposed on the customers and the restaurant owners by the lawmakers.
What happened to the right to vote? Throw these imbeciles out of office.
As for me, I've decided that upon my demise, I'm going to be pickled in a nice salt brine, spiced in the style of pastrami.