If you've ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you've probably heard this from your doctor: cut back on salt. And if you've ever Googled how to do that, you've probably learned that there's a ton of sodium lurking in processed foods. New York City wants to shine a light on these hidden salt deposits. As of Tuesday, December 1, the city's chain restaurants (those with more than 15 locations nationwide) will have to put a salt shaker icon next to menu items that exceed your recommended daily dietary allowance for sodium.
You're supposed to eat fewer than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day, which is about a teaspoon of the fine-grained stuff, or 1 3/4 teaspoons of the flakier kosher salt that many of us use for cooking. But the average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams daily. Recent surveys suggest that 90 percent of us are eating too much salt, and the new law aims to lower that number.
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According the Associated Press, 10 percent of current chain restaurant menu items will get the shaker. Some of the culprits are foods we think of as reasonable choices, like Chipotle burritos. No amount of extra lettuce will help you feel better about that.