Fox News contributor Meghan McCain criticized new rules in New York City created to give citizens information about the amount of sodium in menu items in restaurants. McCain claimed that the regulations equated salt to “black tar heroin.” The new measure in New York City applies only to restaurants with 15 or more locations across the country and is intended to warn customers that high consumption of sodium can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. From the December 1 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): I don't like that personal responsibility thing. But I don't want the government doing it. But you know what's interesting, Megyn. I was looking at this. Almost everything has a little salt triangle.
MCCAIN: I know!
CAVUTO: Then you realize all the good stuff is bad for you.
MCCAIN: But again, if I'm at Chili's eating my boneless chicken wings I'm aware this isn't a kale salad. It's like, I don't really need a reminder this probably isn't the best thing I should be eating.
CAVUTO: You're a very smart young woman, you know. And there are a lot of smart people. But I guess the inference here is that there are a lot of stupid people who don't know and once they're reminded they might think twice.
MCCAIN: I think the people that are already health conscious will think twice. I think if you're going to a chain restaurant from time to time, again, it's not the healthy dinner that you're probably thinking it's going to be, delicious, but not the healthy dinner. I just think this is nanny state stuff. I think it's stupid. And I think it just makes people feel guilty when they're going out to dinner to eat.
CAVUTO: It's like people who like arugula, right? And they pour these salty or high fat dressings on the arugula.
MCCAIN: I do that. I can't eat baby carrots without ranch dressing.
CAVUTO: Thank you, we're on the same page. But what I worry is other cities are going to take note of this. But I would have to think there's got to be a clear, you know, tit for tat here, that they're seeing a decline in salt consumption or better health rates among New Yorkers. What do you think?
MCCAIN: If there is a decline, again, this is only the caloric count, has only been in place since 2014. I just don't think it's going to be this great decline in everything because people that are already health conscious already probably know that ordering onion rings, like on the front of that, probably isn't the same thing as ordering a kale salad.
CAVUTO: Are you kidding me? Wait a minute. Back up a little bit.
MCCAIN: And I'm not a nutritionist.
CAVUTO: All my menus come with like little skeleton heads. No, no, no.
MCCAIN: I know, it's like - I'm like I might as well be shooting black tar heroin at this point, if they want to put more labels on it. Because that's what they equate eating fast food or anything to.