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Many restaurants still stuffing their menus with salt

Many restaurants still stuffing their menus with salt

We've talked at length before about the health concerns associated with excessive salt consumption, a problem that afflicts the majority of American diets nowadays. Restaurants are some of the most common sources of all-too-salty foods, and while some owners are starting to get the message and provide lower-sodium options, a new report finds that many chains are still dragging their feet when it comes to cutting down on salt.

From 2009 to 2013, the Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) studied 136 meals across 17 of the country's biggest restaurant chains, examining by how much (or how little) these companies reduced sodium levels. On average, these restaurants only lowered their food's salt content by a paltry 1.5 percent per year, for a total of 6 percent during the study period.

"At that rate, to get even a 30 percent reduction, it would take 20 years, which is crazy," Michael Jacobson, CSPI executive director, told USA Today. 

Some restaurants performed significantly better than others in the study. McDonald's, for example, saw a 17 percent reduction in salt thanks to fewer fries being offered in Happy Meals and apple slices being added to their menu. Subway scored the highest on the poll, cutting back salt by approximately 30 percent thanks to lower-sodium meats and breads.

On the other hand, some chains saw their menu's salt content actually increase during the four-year period: Red Lobster by 4.3 percent, Jack in the Box by 7.2 percent and KFC by 12.4 percent.

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