Mexico City is running a campaign to reduce the salt intake of citizens by urgingÂ restaurantsÂ to remove salt shakers from the table. They are to provide them if customers request it. The campaign has not been written into law and so is notÂ enforceableÂ As of now there are only a handful of restaurant owners partaking in the campaign. One owner stated she was participating in it as she believed the overall health of her customers should be the primary concern. The healthier her patrons are, the longer they will live and so the longer they will eat.
The campaign slogan, if you will, is "Less Salt, More Health". The purpose is to reduce the salt and so sodium intake of Mexicans which are facing a rising level of obesity and hypertension. It has been shown in several studies internationally that a high intake of sodium laden foods contributes significantly to weight gain/retention. It is stated that the average Mexican consumes 11,000Â milligramsÂ of salt per day which translates to 4,400Â milligramsÂ of sodium. Most Mexicans are raised with salt as such an integral seasoning on everything from mole to fruit, chips and candy. Add on top of this many foods being imported from American which are already very high in sodium and we have an increased problem.
Is it possible for people to change their palate and still enjoy the foods they used without salt? The answer is: absolutely! Various foods naturally have a salty flavor to them which we have become numb to - both in the US and Mexico - by consuming so much salt. It takes a different amount of time for each individual. After a while, one will really start to taste the natural flavors ofÂ variousÂ foods and come to enjoy them even more!