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Some sour over city food as-salt

Not everyone is thrilled with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recommendation that restaurants and companies nationwide cut back on their use of salt. In fact, some people say Bloomberg’s advice could be downright dangerous.

The mayor suggested this week that restaurants and manufacturers reduce the amount of salt in food by 25 percent over the next five years.

“I’m not in favor of experiments on millions of people,” said Dr. Michael Alderman, a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he researches cardiovascular disease.

There has been no clinical trial done on a low-sodium diet for large groups of people, Alderman said.“Good intentions and logic are not sufficient to make health policy,” he added. “You need evidence, and they don’t have enough.”

Restaurant owners just want Bloomberg out of their kitchen.

“It’s sort of none of his business; the public knows a deli is salty,” said Alan Dell, co-owner of Katz’s Delicatessen, where he said they already lowered sodium in soups and pastrami.

“He can control traffic, not what we eat,” Dell said.

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