Alarmed by high death rates from strokes in Portugal, deputies from the ruling Socialist party submitted a bill to parliament Friday to slash the use of salt in bread, blamed for many blood pressure problems.
The country's key dietary staple -- dried salted cod that is rehydrated and cooked in many different ways -- has made the Portuguese accustomed to using more salt in food than other nations, and bakers add generous amounts to their dough.
Bread is one of the main sources of salt intake and many Portuguese eat it with every meal.
Salt cod isn't the dietary staple. Bread is. We in English say that man does not live by bread alone but that doesn't make much sense when translated into Portuguese. Man cannot live without bread might be a more appropriate way of putting it.
For example, the Portuguese eat more bread per head of population than any other nation on earth. And believe me, they're not going to eat a low salt version of it just because something might go wrong 50 years down the line.