New York City has been waging a war on salt for a while, offering up statistics showing that we're mostly depraved saltaholics. Reiterating this point for the United Nations, Department of Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says, "Having a high-salt diet really does substantially increase your risk of heart disease and stroke," noting that 1,000 New Yorkers die every year from a high-salt diet. However, 500 of those deaths could be prevented if people just ate more fruits and vegetables.

Farley has also co-written commentary on a study about the likelihood of people eating too much salt eating too little potassium. Potassium is found in many fruits and vegetables (prunes! bananas! spinach!)." Farley said, "If you have too much sodium and too little potassium, it’s worse than either one on its own."

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg spoke before U.N. delegates to discuss the Big Apple's health initiatives— like cutting down smoking—which led World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan to "gush" to Farley, "We all need to learn from [New York]."