Not content with trying to - incorrectly - blame takeaways for obesity, Bradford Council has leaped into action over salt:
Takeaway owners in Bradford are being urged to help save lives by joining in a salt pot amnesty.
The district’s Good Food Team want to see as many as possible standard 17-hole salt pots exchanged for five-hole ones to reduce how much comes out.
We know - we've known for ages - that the huge campaign against salt isn't merely pointless it borders on the dangerous:
With nearly everyone focused on the supposed benefits of salt restriction, little research was done to look at the potential dangers. But four years ago, Italian researchers began publishing the results from a series of clinical trials, all of which reported that, among patients with heart failure, reducing salt consumption increased the risk of death.Those trials have been followed by a slew of studies suggesting that reducing sodium to anything like what government policy refers to as a “safe upper limit” is likely to do more harm than good. These covered some 100,000 people in more than 30 countries and showed that salt consumption is remarkably stable among populations over time.
Yet useful idiot councillors like Bradford's ubiquitous Val Slater are rolled out to peddle the lie about salt consumption. The truth - the facts if you like - is that there has been a remarkably stable level of salt intake in the UK during a period when heart attacks and heart disease incidence has fallen:
Deaths from heart attacks have halved since 2002 and no one is quite sure why. Similar changes have occurred in countries around the world but the death rate in England, especially, has fallen further and faster than almost anywhere.
Nothing to do with salt. Nothing at all. This jolly scheme isn't the worst bit of nannying nonsense but I'm absolutely sure it won't save a single life. Not one.