MEXICO CITY (April 11, 2013)--Mexicans love salt, so much so that some estimates show they eat nearly three times the recommended amount and significantly more than what Americans use.
With rising obesity and a hypertension epidemic, it's a potential health nightmare and it 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.