The War against Salt

.First, we had a war against drugs.

Then we started a war against obesity.

Now, we have a war against salt.

The Combatants?

On the anti-salt / salt reduction side, we have New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, First Lady Michelle Obama and starting this morning…..Health Canada.

Their weapon of choice?

salt reduction plan The War against Salt

A salt reduction plan where they ask industry to reduce the amount of salt in their processed foods.

  • Health Canada is asking industry to follow voluntary reduction targets aimed at slashing the average Canadian’s daily consumption of sodium from 3,400 mg to 2,300 mg by 2016.
  • Bloomberg’s National Salt Reduction Intiative is hoping to reduce Americans’ salt intake by 20% over five years.

Both of these initiatives are modeled on the salt reduction campaign that the Brits kicked off in 2003.


Hmmmmm…..a voluntary salt reduction.


And why would our processed food producers want to “voluntarily” reduce the amount of salt in their products?

  • Salt makes food taste better
  • When food tastes better, we eat more of it
  • When we eat more food, we have to buy more food
  • When we buy more food, food producers make more money
  • When food producers make more money, their CEOs get bigger bonuses
  • And when CEOs get bigger bonuses…they are happy.

So, I ask once again…why would food producers “voluntarily” reduce the amount of salt in their products?

Apart from a public shaming campaign (boo salt), I can’t think of a single reason.

In fact, food giant Cargill is fighting back with a p.r. campaign featuring Food Network star – Alton Brown.

alton brown salt 101 300x191 The War against Salt

double click the image to see the pro-salt website



The anti-salt side is about to get their butt kicked.


(for more info, read the NY Times article on Cargill’s “Hard Sell on Salt”)


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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.


  1. izzidv

    August 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

    This is going to be a long war. Zero carb is actually easier than no salt,at least for me.

  2. healthhabits

    June 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I stand corrected…bureaucrats ask & politicians tell

  3. Ahmed Serag

    June 1, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Hahahaha asking… Since when do politicians ask?

    Interesting article, liked it.