New York City launches salt warning labels

New York City launches salt warning labels

With all the deservedly negative attention that sugar has been receiving, the health risks of too much salt or sodium sometimes fall by the wayside.

According the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans consume over twice the daily-recommended daily amount of salt. Excess sodium intake can lead to increase rates of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

It is important to maintain a 1500mg minimum to a 2300mg maximum amount of sodium per day, according to the Institute of Medicine.

An important step towards lessening sodium intake in the United States has happened, as New York City launches salt warning labels in chain restaurants. These restaurants will have to start putting the salt labels on dishes with high sodium.

The rule will require restaurants to put a salt shaker emblem on dishes that exceed the recommended daily limit of 2,300 mg, which is about a teaspoon of sodium.

With the high sodium warning label, New Yorkers will have easily accessible information that can affect their health,” said city Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

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1. “Salt Health Risks.” State of Rhode Island Department of Health. State of Rhode Island Department of Health, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.
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