New York City salt fines upheld

From Leah Barkoukis at Townhall:

If you thought the war on sugary drinks in New York City was bad enough, the Big Apple will now be cracking down on another apparent evil: salt.

After getting the green light from an appeals court this week, the city will start enforcing that chain restaurants use icons on their menus to warn customers if foods are salty.

The good news for freedom-lovers is that the appeals court’s ruling isn’t necessarily the final word on whether the regulation will stand. More.

Reality check: The bad news is that the city and the courts are involved in this. They reinforce each other, of course, for fun and shakedown all around. But then New Yorkers voted for diBlasio. And Bloomberg. Maybe next time the ban will be on New York type fries. Suck it up.

There is little evidence that, in general, salt is a health hazard. Or that whole foods are, in general, better for us. Or that we evolved so as to need the government to make these decisions. Or that vast amounts of nutrition science are anything other than sciencey-sounding bunk.

See also: Bloomberg rips campus political correctness yet he himself sponsored the war on soda pop

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  • Off to the Salt Mines with them!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    After finding water accumulation in my legs, my doctor ordered me to not consume more than a teaspoon of salt a day.

    • CodexCoder

      Most of the problems of life come from sedentary lifestyles.

  • mauser 98
  • Alain

    This shows just how the courts/judges make all kinds of ruling totally divorced from the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. No where is the government given such authority, but never mind any of that since the “progressives” never let such trivial things like that deter them.

  • CodexCoder

    You can’t tell someone to abstain from sex (of any kind), but you can tell them how much sugar and salt to eat? When are the same people that wanted the government out of the bedroom going to tell the government to get out of the kitchen?

    Total hypocrisy.

    • Alain

      So true and yet the gullible just swallow it hook line and sinker.

      • Maggat

        Hook line and shaker ;>)

  • Exile1981

    So will they be searching homes for stockpiles of salt? Arrest people for storing salt.

    Thats what bill 20 dose with carbon fuels.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Oh, deer, what ever will I do with my salt lick?

      • Exile1981

        I see a day when cops are busting illegal salt producers rather than crack houses.

  • simus1

    If the objective is to keep everyone healthy and away from running up Obamacare costs by eating a “natural” diet then it seems logical that commercial meal purchase passports should be introduced to control what the populace is allowed to consume over a given time frame.

    Once the system is running smoothly, more stringent standards could be mandated like a serving of rotted wildebeast (a la 10,000 BCE to start, perhaps 100,000 BCE, later) or equivalent, every two weeks. Failure to keep the tick boxes on one’s permit up to snuff would result in it being confiscated plus receiving a no appeal one year ban on buying prepared foods from all facilities not run by the gov dept in charge.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I knew this fat bastard who castigated me for smoking and drinking because of our collective responsibility to minimize our impact on the public health care system.
      I told him to have a coke and a smile and to shut the fuck up.
      Also told him to stop eating so much because he might fall through the floor of his glass house.

      • mauser 98

        tobacco , handguns and who knows what smuggled through Akwesasne reserve in Ontario by ton ,truckload non stop 24 / 7
        …..crickets from Big Dyke
        piss $$billions and whip the slaves

        • Alain

          It is always the government that creates black markets, or I should say is the cause for them.

  • Gary

    We need salt and water to stay alive so we can hunt food. Today there are people with border Line diabetes and they need water plus some sugar .
    When New York banned large soft drinks and now wants to go after salt they don’t understand that some diabetics are at risk for dehydration and low salt which helps to retain water
    A large Diet soft drink that has some sodium can benefit a person to get the water in their body while the sodium retains it which is handy on hot days.

    When I feel low on salt and water during the early morning prior to garden work I’ll chug a coke zero for the caffeine and water while the sodium holds the water to be there as a sweat from the heat . Drinking water alone just goes through me as I sweat still but the caffeine gives me a boost to avoid eating food in the morning other than a muffin .

    The word Salary came from Salt back when it was rare and costly to the point that surgeon Doctor’s wanted to be paid in Salt which became know as their Salary.

  • Clausewitz

    When I worked my summer job at Mississauga Parks department back in the day, it was mandatory to take two salt tablets at the beginning of the shift so you wouldn’t pass out from sweating out all of your salt reserves.