CSPI Calls Restaurants to Lower Sodium Levels

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, “The Center for Science in the Public Interest renewed its call on the restaurant industry to lower sodium levels in its food, saying that a recent study of 102 meals from 17 chains found that 85 of the dishes contained more than a day’s worth of the recommended amount of sodium”

“According to CSPI’s study, the worst offenders in sodium levels were Red Lobster’s Admiral’s Feast with Caesar salad, lobster-topped mashed potatoes and a cheddar bay biscuit, 7,106 milligrams; Chili’s Buffalo Chicken Fajitas with tortillas, condiments and a soft drink at 6,916 milligrams; Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Ribs with mashed potatoes with gravy, seasonal vegetables and a soft drink, 6,440 milligrams; Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy lasagna with a breadstick and salad and dressing, 6,176 milligrams; and Olive Garden’s Chicken Parmigiana with breadstick, salad and dressing, 5,735 milligrams.”

“The government recommends that adults limit their daily intake of sodium to 2,300 milligrams, and that seniors and children consume no more than 1,500 milligrams a day. CSPI criticized many of the restaurants in its study, saying that excessive intake of salt over one’s lifetime can present an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.”