New York Puts Salt Warnings on Restaurant Menus

If you're in New York City, you'll start seeing a new warning icon on menus--one that flags foods high in sodium.

Today, New York becomes the first U.S. city to require chain restaurants to warn diners of meals that are particularly salty. Any menu item containing more than 2,300 milligrams (0.08 oz) of sodium--the daily limit of one teaspoon of salt that many nutritionists recommend--must display the emblem of a salt shaker in a black triangle.

Backers of the new law say it's an important step in fighting heart disease and stroke. "It's not hard to get 2.3 g of sodium into your face," noted Dr. Howard Weintraub, co-director of NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.

Diners may be unpleasantly surpised by the salt content of some favorite meals, such as a Chipotle chicken burrito (2,790 mg), a Subway foot-long spicy Italian sub (2,980 mg), TGI Friday's classic Buffalo Wings (3,030 mg) or Applebee's grilled shrimp and spinach salad (2,990 mg).

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in New York City, claiming nearly 17,000 lives in 2013.

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Sourced from: Reuters Health, New York is first U.S. city with salt warning on restaurant menus