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Denny’s Restaurants Sued Over High Sodium Levels

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sued the Denny’s Restaurant chain yesterday, saying the restaurant chain’s menus should disclose the “dangerously high” levels of sodium in its meals.

dennys.jpgAccording to “Various organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, have published recommendations on daily sodium limits. Most recommend not exceeding the range of 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) a day for healthy adults.”

The sodium content in many of Denny’s meals far exceeds that range including the Meat Lover’s Scramble which comes with a two strips of bacon, two sausage links, hash browns and pancakes, topping the chart at a whopping 5,690 milligrams! Even the Super Bird turkey sandwich has 2,610 milligrams of sodium.

CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson believes that Denny’s is slowly sickening its customers. “For those Americans who should be most careful about limiting their sodium, such as people middle-aged and older, African-Americans, or people with existing high blood pressure, it’s dangerous to eat at Denny’s. Denny’s customers deserve to be warned about the considerable health risk posed by many of these meals.”

Denny’s and CSPI were in negotiations earlier this year in an attempt to lower the sodium content on many menu items. Small changes occurred with a slight sodium reduction in their cheese sauce, shrimp skewers and kids’ meals. CSPI wanted to see more changes over the whole menu, and when that didn’t happen, the lawsuit was filed.

The lawsuit is calling for Denny’s to make the broad sodium reductions or menu disclosures.

Generally restaurants (including fast food) and frozen prepared foods have higher sodium content than freshly prepared meals. It is always advisable to check the food providers’ websites to determine sugar, fat and sodium content. You will find Denny’s nutritional information by clicking HERE.