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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    little known fact about salt= if you put a circle of salt around a slug... it will die rather than cross the salt...

    June 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CSnSC

    Yet stails need salt when sauteing in butter and garlic

    June 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    Sorry, snails

    June 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |

    im gonna paint a big "s" on my car now... so people can say look at that "s car go"

    June 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy


    These restaurants have a set recipe for their food.
    If you do not like smokers, fine.
    But this is NOT the thread to further your agenda on.

    And I agree with CSinSC.
    Better hope those "low wage cooks' don't spit in your food.
    You don't even know if they smoke or not, judging by your use of the word 'apparently'.

    The best solution? Cook your own damn food.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    Our gov't has required fast food resturants to post ingredients,calories & other health related info. Also, they are required to serve healthy alternatives, which is why there's grilled chicken & salad galore at these franchises now! Last time I looked We are still living in a capitalistic democracy, so perhaps this is not about socialism, after all. Maybe it's about common sense & a government having to step in to lower the toll of the epidemic! If you havent noticed there is alot of HeartSmart tags on food today, as well as promotion to have a healthy diet. Much of that comes from our gov't! We, as a nation are overweight & do overload the tax sponsored insurance-medical fields. Something has to give & this is why gov'ts step in, for our own good!

    June 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jumbie

    Do they hover over you to make sure you've "tasted the food first"??? Salt Nazis!!!!

    June 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Just a reminder to those getting hyper sensitive about this issue: It's happening in Argentina, people, get a grip! Who cares if their gov't is super intrusive & hovers over their tables! Planning to go there, soon?

    June 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pmk1953

    Rick must be a reformed smoker. Reformed smokers and born-again Christians are the most judgemental hemorrhoids there are.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Dumb greasers. Too much salt in their tacos.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sunshine Girl *

    Im not a salt user myself but govt control at the tables has gone to far. Im glad its not the USA doing it. Better check myself b/c it may not be long w/the way Mrs. Obama is going healthy food crazy. Personal choices should be left personal. If someone wants to kill theirself w/salt then let them. Its their body. Their choice. I just choose not to.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Caesar

    What kind of foods do you expect the government to display? The kind's of foods that make US look like an average American? Give Uncle Sam a break. He tells you what you want to hear about nutrition. You can't have a government running around touting the goodness of obesity now, can you?

    June 12, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cosmotologist to the Stars

    Salt is very evil and should be banned. I hope we will ban it here in the US too. It is some bad stuff. Remember. . . . SALT KILLS !

    June 12, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Alko

      Cosmo to the Stars,
      Get a clue, salt is a requirement for life, ALL life. It's just like anything else, excess is where the problems come in.
      Sugar in excess will kill you, lack of iodine and iodine in excess will cause problems. A small amount of alcohol daily is good for you, but we all know what overindulgence will do. As a nation, we consider it our right to do whatever we want to excess, but nature will find a way to reward temperence and punish excess.

      June 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Most people don't know that we get enough salt in foods and don't need to use the salt shaker, furthermore garlic is an excellent replacement for salt.

    June 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActnJackson

      Garlic Salt...

      June 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dsfhadksj;

    You should be more concerned with Dihydrogen Monoxide poioning it can be fatal in small doses.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
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