Group advises consumers to watch salt at restaurants - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/11/09

Group advises consumers to watch salt at restaurants

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You might watch how much salt you shake on the meals you make at home, but who's watching your salt intake when your meal is prepared in a restaurant? Washington based food policy watchdog group the Center for Science in the Public Interest claims some restaurant meals have two, three, or even four times the amount of salt the government recommends for an entire day. "For somebody's who already elderly, having this amount of salt could actually push them over into heart failure," said Steven Havas, M.D., Former Vice President of the American Medical Association.  Mike Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, added, "Some people would change what they are ordering if they knew how much salt and how many calories were in these meals. That information simply isn't available".

The National Restaurant Association says some menus offer healthy alternatives and that, ultimately, it's up to the consumer to choose according to their own needs. The CSPI says, though, that choice would be a lot easier if the salt contents were listed on every menu.

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