Felix Ortiz Doesn’t Hate Salt As Much As You Think He Does

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Felix Ortiz, salt's mortal enemy. (Courtesy N.Y. State Assembly)

Felix Ortiz, salt's mortal enemy. (Courtesy N.Y. State Assembly)

When Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (pictured left) proposed banning salt from all New York restaurants a few days ago—with a $1,000 penalty for violators—it raised eyebrows around the world, and drew an irate response from local chefs and food folk throughout the city. (“Anybody who wants to taste food with no salt, go to a hospital and taste that,” cheflebrity Tom Colicchio told the Daily News.) Mayor Bloomberg even called it “ridiculous.” Perhaps stung by all the criticism, Ortiz has now released a statement clarifying what he meant. In it, he says he only wants to ban unnecessary levels of salt—not salt that is, as he says, “a functional component of the recipe.” That seems like something that’s a bit hard to prove. Who’s to say what level of salt is functional or not? Maybe the Atlantic‘s Max Fisher is correct when he says that Ortiz is just trying to start some debate on the subject, not actually, y’know, ban salt from our food.

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8 Responses to “Felix Ortiz Doesn’t Hate Salt As Much As You Think He Does”

  1. David S.
    March 12, 2010 at 1:51 PM #

    This guy is an idiot and is a prefect example of that is happening all over the country – government run amok, no lets be clear liberal government run amok. If we gave these fools control, this is but a small taste (no pun intended) of what we can expect when the loony left try to run all aspects of our lives for what they say is our own good.

  2. Floyd
    March 12, 2010 at 1:59 PM #

    I think the most pressing debate he’s started is whether he’s competent to serve, given that he can’t understand the very bills he’s introduced – and I think I know where most people would fall in that debate.

  3. SarahW
    March 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM #

    The legistlation he proposed contained no such exception, and it didn’t even distinguish table salt among the other chemical salts used in food preparation.

    Baking powder, for example, is technically a finable offense as the proposed bill was written.

    And salt, he has been forced to acknowlege, is used to control aspects of cooking and food chemistry that have nothing to do with oversalting food.

    He didn’t know what he doesn’t know, and didn’t bother to get any sensible advice or draft the bill he “intended”.

    Salt is necessary to health, moreover high levels of sodium are not harmful, and not even harmful to most people; that varies by genetics and individual health
    issues.

    No one forces you to order the mushrooms portabello at a family restaurant with sodium off the charts – but if he wanted to nannystate us all into his idea of prudent behavior, he wrote the stupidest bill possible to achieve it.

    We are plagued by emotion-driven idiocrats who don’t know what they don’t know, and Ortiz is a perfect example.

    Get rid of him, or get what you deserve, New York.

  4. Rob M
    March 13, 2010 at 2:09 PM #

    The man is a fool on so many levels.

    David s. – it has nothing to do with him being a Democrat and so I think you’ve made a bit of a leap in your conclusions. He is just an idiot. FYI – just the same as I didn’t listen to Bush’s incoherent diatribe for 8 years and then jump to the conclusion that all Republicans must have an IQ of 60 (just those that voted for him – kidding!).

  5. Martin
    March 19, 2010 at 12:58 PM #

    He’s a tyrant who deserves nothing less than a sharpened guillotine.

  6. KatyL
    March 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM #

    But Rob, David S. NEVER said “democrat.” He said “loony lefist.” It’s VERY interesting how you automatically assumed that democrats are synonymous with loony leftists! (Usually leftists lie about such things. Well, they pretty much lie about everything, but I digress.)

    I have a much better idea for Assemblyman Oritz. Why not TAX salt? I don’t mean a little tax. I mean like 10 or 20 THOUSAND percent, something to really make it impossible for anyone but the very wealthy and/or democrat politicians, to afford it.

    I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I’m pretty sure Ortiz, et. al. have already thought of it.

    I bet Rob wouldn’t have a problem with an onerous tax on salt. How’s about it, Rob? (Remember, it’s for your own good!)

  7. john
    March 22, 2010 at 11:36 PM #

    I have read the comments on this page and think that everyone here is missing the fundamental point. Salt has been proven not to be healthy increases blood pressure and can create potential health risk.

    We should become more educated on the nutrition that we feed our body. If we as humans can not control what we put in our bodies then our population will have a shorter life span.

    Education of nutrition is critical and we need to stop all this obesity especially childhood obesity. I say get rid of Mcdonald’s and Coca Cola.

  8. DrCruel
    April 3, 2012 at 3:05 AM #

    I have read the comments on this page and think that everyone here is missing the fundamental point. Salt has been proven to be necessary for health. High levels of salt can increase the risk of high blood pressure heart disease and stroke, but a diet completely devoid of any salt content whatsoever can eventually kill you.

    We should become more educated on the kind of people that run our country. If we as humans can not control who we put into positions of power then our population will have a shorter life span.

    Education about Democratic agenda, particularly their incompetant attempts at setting up a nany state, is critical to our continued survival as a nation. We need to stop voting for dangerous nutters like Felix Ortiz. The trans-fat rule might have been stupid, but banning salt altogether is simply dangerous.

    Stop voting for the sort of OWS nutjobs seen protesting outside of McDonalds. Stop listening to the idiots who want to close down Coca-Cola. Most of us have functional brains and can vote. We need to start using both of these tools to get rid of the loopy Left loonies in power – before they get rid of us.

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