War on Salt Ends in Defeat; Bloomberg Hardest Hit


In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg declared war on salt. Why salt? Because it was easier than fulfilling his education promises, cutting the city’s debt or preparing for a major hurricane that would hit the city two years later.

And he’s still at it. Last March, he banned food donations to the homeless because their salt content couldn’t be assessed. He pushed for a 25% sodium reduction as part of a National Salt Reduction Initiative that he created. Despite the National title though, it is hosted on the city’s own Department of Health and Mental Hygiene site.

Meanwhile the salt wars are trending the other way.

In a report that undercuts years of public health warnings, a prestigious group convened by the government says there is no good reason based on health outcomes for many Americans to drive their sodium consumption down to the very low levels recommended in national dietary guidelines.

The new expert committee, commissioned by the Institute of Medicine at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there was no rationale for anyone to aim for sodium levels below 2,300 milligrams a day. The group examined new evidence that had emerged since the last such report was issued, in 2005.

And Bloomberg, the news site, rather than the crazy hamster of a politician, is reporting that salt reductions may even be bad for you.

U.S. dietary guidelines to reduce sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day for certain people aren’t supported by enough scientific evidence, an Institute of Medicine panel said today in a report. Studies reviewed by the panel didn’t prove health outcomes improved when salt consumption was cut to that level.

“Lowering sodium intake too much may actually increase a person’s risk of some health problems,” Brian Strom, the panel chairman and a public health professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, said in a statement.

On Twitter, Bloomberg was too busy pushing amnesty to make a reply. And offering an Earned Income Credit of 2,000 bucks to a pilot group earning less than $27,000. And he announced that next year’s budget will have a 2.2 billion dollar gap.

But who can take the time to think about that 2.2 billion dollar deficit when there’s salt wars to be won.

  • Softly Bob

    Dietary sodium is not a problem if you drink plenty of fluids and take some exercise. Bloomberg is a clueless food-Nazi who knows nothing about science and just like the other Nazi, Mr. A. Hitler, he has a crackpot view on food, people and life.

  • pupsncats

    Truth and reality, facts and common sense are the enemies of those on the left. How can people be controlled if they know what is true and real? How can they be brainwashed and manipulated if they use common sense to evaluate the myriad of nonsensical ideas and statements of the left?

  • CowboyLogic

    Bloomberg is an embarrassment.

  • Ronald Hunter

    It is just part of the parental socialism trend among liberals. They think most of use are so incompetent, and stupid, that we can’t manage our own diets, and that the government should do that for us. Sure, most people probably consume more salt than they need, but it is NOT the job of the government to impose rational diets on everyone. Most of the local restaurants have removed the packets of sugar, and artificial sweeteners from the tables, because, THEY SAY, the health department says it is a bad practice. More likely, it is to stem the tide of people ordering water with lemon, then using the sweeteners to make lemonade. Costing them sales of the vastly, and unreasonably, inflated cost of tea. So, my solution, if to just carry a few packets in my pocket when I go out to eat.