Starting this month, New York City requires large chain restaurants to label salty dishes that contain more than 2300 mg of sodium. The salt-shaker-in-a-black-triangle “sodium bomb” warning is intended to nudge customers toward less salty and presumably healthier dishes. The controversy surrounding this public health effort is partially driven by the National Restaurant Association, which has sued New York City’s Board of Health over this decision. The action by the Board of Health and the subsequent dust up with National Restaurant Association has public health implications beyond the boroughs of New York City.
Cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, heart failure, and stroke affect many Delawareans. Those of us devoted to promoting health hope the New York City controversy raises local awareness of the harmful effects of high sodium. Read Bill’s entire op-ed on Delaware Online.