“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.
It is inarguable that too much salt in the diet can contribute to a host of health problems. It is further inarguable that many processed foods contain levels of sodium so high that consuming them regularly is inadvisable. V8 Juice, for instance, contains one-third of the government’s recommended daily sodium intake in just one 12-ounce serving, for instance, and one serving of Campbell’s regular condensed chicken-noodle soup, in the familiar red-and-white can, delivers even more salt. Number like those should be reduced.
However, that’s not what Ortiz’s bill is going after. He’s intent on banning all salt used in all restaurant food.
The language of the bill reads:
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 justification for the proposed law, given in the bill’s introduction, reads:
This legislation will give customers the option to add salt after the meal has been prepared for them. In this way, consumers have more control over the amount of sodium they intake, and are given the option to exercise healthier diets and healthier lifestyles.