RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Stop by a Red Lobster for the Admirals’ Feast, salad, and sides, and your body may want to throw you overboard—the meal contains a whopping 7,105 milligrams of sodium, more than four days’ worth of the recommended sodium intake for most Americans. Earlier this week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued a report highlighting the startling saltiness of food served up in chain restaurants. In addition to Red Lobster, Chili’s, Denny’s, and the Olive Garden also offered at least one meal that includes more than four days’ worth of sodium. The group found Subway’s 6-inch Veggie Delite, apple slices, and Coke meal to be lowest in sodium, although we think you should skip the Coke and reach for water instead.
“Who knows how many Americans have been pushed prematurely into their graves thanks to sodium levels like those found in Olive Garden, Chili’s, and Red Lobster?” asked CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson in the report. ”These chains are sabotaging the food supply. They should cut back and give consumers the freedom to decide for themselves how much salt they want.”
|It’s a dramatic statement. But the report does show how easy it is to overdo it on salt. People with high blood pressure, anyone who is middle-aged or older, and African Americans should try to limit their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day. Others should hold their sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams, equivalent to about a teaspoon of salt.
Here’s how you can whittle down the sodium you’re swallowing every day: