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Salty restaurant meals exposed

After my recent article Limit your salt I have been trying to watch my salt intake and stay under 1,500mg of sodium a day. I was horrified when I read just how much salt is in some restaurant meals!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has released a list of popular restaurant meals and exposed the levels of salt in them. They are definitely meals to avoid!

The concern is that for some, especially the elderly, by eating 4,000 mg or more of sodium in a one meal it puts them at an immediate risk of heart failure and problems.

How much sodium is recommended?

Consume only 1,500mg of sodium daily if; you have high blood pressure, are African American, and aged middle-aged and older. That’s about 70% of the population! Others should consume only 2,300mg of sodium a day. Children aged 4-8 years should consume no more than 1,200mg of sodium a day.

Excess salt or sodium will increase the chance of developing high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease.

Which meals have too much salt?

CSPI researchers looked at 17 restaurant chains and found that 85 out of 102 meals had more than a days worth of sodium, and some had more than four days worth!

  • Red Lobster Admirals Feast with Caesar Salad, Creamy Lobster Topped Mashed Potato, Cheddar Bay Biscuit, and a Lemonade: 7,106mg.
  • Chili’s Buffalo Chicken Fajitas (with tortillas and condiments) and a Dr Pepper: 6,916mg.
  • Olive Garden Tour of Italy (lasagna) with a Bread stick, Garden Fresh Salad with House Dressing, and a Coca-Cola: 6,176mg.
  • For children. KFC Popcorn Chicken with Macaroni and Cheese, Teddy Grahams, and 2% milk: 2,005mg.

Even if you don’t eat those specific meals (those chains are not in Australia for us) it is a warning that restaurant meals can have excessively dangerous salt levels. Be aware!

Who is the Center for Science in the Public Interest?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a nonprofit food safety and nutrition watchdog group in the U.S. The CSPI is actively urging the Food and Drug Administration to push for salt reduction in processed and restaurant foods. Learn more about their work at Heart Attack Entr es with Side Orders of Stroke.

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