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Mexico City tries to get salt shakers off tables

In this April 9, 2013 photo, a salt shaker sits on a table in a restaurant in Mexico City. The country's Health Secretary Armando Ahued launched a campaign, dubbed “Less Salt, More Health,” to get restaurants to take salt shakers off their tables. Officials and the city’s restaurant chamber signed an agreement to encourage eateries to provide shakers only if guests ask for them. The program is voluntary but the chamber is urging its members to comply. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

In this April 9, 2013 photo, a salt shaker sits on a table in a restaurant in Mexico City. The country's Health Secretary Armando Ahued launched a campaign, dubbed “Less Salt, More Health,” to get restaurants to take salt shakers off their tables. Officials and the city’s restaurant chamber signed an agreement to encourage eateries to provide shakers only if guests ask for them. The program is voluntary but the chamber is urging its members to comply. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Salt and lime with tequila. Salt with your iced “michelada” beer. Salt and chili on fruit and even candy. Mexicans love salt, so much so that some estimates show them eating nearly three times the recommended amount and significantly more than what Americans put down.

With rising obesity and a hypertension epidemic, it’s a potential health nightmare that has spurred Mexico’s capital to try to get residents to shun the salt shaker.

Mexico City Health Secretary Armando Ahued has launched a campaign dubbed “Less Salt, More Health” to get restaurants to take salt shakers off their tables. Officials and the city’s restaurant chamber have agreed to encourage eateries to provide shakers only if guests ask for them. The program is voluntary but the chamber is urging its members to comply.

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