Salt disappears from Buenos Aires tables
In a push for better health, restaurants like this one in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will no longer feature salt shakers.
June 11th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Salt disappears from Buenos Aires tables

Guests at restaurants in Argentina's Buenos Aires province must say good-bye to the salt shaker.

In an effort to combat hypertension, which affects some 3.7 million residents in the province - nearly a quarter of the population, the health department reached an agreement with the hotel and restaurant federation to remove salt shakers from the tables at their eateries.

"On average, each Argentinian consumes 13 grams of salt daily, while according to the World Health Organization, you should consume less than five," Health Minister Alejandro Collia said when he announced the change last month.

The measure is not as extreme as it sounds. Salt will be available by request, but only after the patrons have tasted their food.

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    OH YEAH??? well has any one seen the pepper?

    June 11, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Moore

    Another example of big governments trying to control their people.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I am the master of my fate.
    Governments are not. I almost never shake salt onto food in a restaurant, but it's impolite not to put salt on the table. It's also stingy.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. sandyk

    This could easily happen in this country

    June 11, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    You're right, sandyk.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. jrod13206

    I wouldn't doubt that our govenrment will start calling salt a drug and then band it from grociers. Our govenment has way to much control and something needs to change before its too late.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Moore

    Individual responsibility not the governments. The people choose what they eat.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. sandyk

    I am a RN and I see the affects of bad CHOICES PEOPLE MAKE but there is no way I would want govenment telling me what to eat. But it is shameful others sometimes have to pay (meaning insurance cost) for bad CHOICES PEOPLE MAKE. and God know those little white Hostess donuts are my every so often guilty pleasure

    June 11, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Moore

    Michelle Obama wants to ban those little white donuts and make you eat healthy foods, while she eats ribs and ice cream.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Moore

    Socialists are such hypocrits.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. funky bunch

    Maybe that new satellite can locate their salt.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sandyk

    I know Joe Moore and they dont even try to hide the evil ribs and ice cream yet people still believe this `mother earth` character she has created! its amazing!! does anyone believe Mrs Obama is digging in the dirt planting veggies OMgosh!

    June 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rick

    Restaurant food is incredibly salty. I can't think of the last time I ever had to use a salt shaker. The problem with many restaurants is PEOPLE WHO SMOKE. Smokers can't taste food, and a chef that smokes is a menace in a kitchen, oversalting food because his tongue is numb from his bad habit.

    I've even had to complain more than once about horribly salty food in some places like The Olive Garden and OutBack Steakhouse. The low-wage cooks they use are smokers apparently, and management doesn't seem to care.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivergirl

      I'm pretty sure the restaurants you complain at would be fine with you keeping your whiney butt at home.

      June 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peacefulguy

    First salt, then McDonalds, then my car, then my politics, then...

    June 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CSnSC

    So smoke-nazi Rick, only low wage earners smoke ? Or youre an elitest snob.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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