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High Sodium Content Menu Items May Receive Warning Labels in NYC

New York City is currently considering adding high sodium warnings to certain foods at restaurant chains with more than 15 locations nationwide. This would not be a ban, but simply a warning label that a particular restaurant dish contains more than the U.S. daily recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium. The warning label would state: “High sodium intake can increase blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke”, according to CBS News. The CDC estimates that nearly 9 in 10 children consume more sodium than recommended and this is dangerous because high sodium intake is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The label is being strongly considered because the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, wants to inform Americans that there is more to reducing salt from one’s diet beyond removing the salt shaker from the table. Dr. Bassett wants to make sure that individuals are making informed decisions about their food consumption at restaurants.

 

Read the article on CBS News.