For Sodium, Fast Food May Be Healthier Than Restaurants

Posted at: 01/23/2014 11:11 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- It turns out that when it comes to sodium, fast food may actually be healthier for you than meals at sit-down restaurants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average fast food meal contains 1,848 milligrams of sodium per 1,000 calories. A typical restaurant meal has around 2090 milligrams of sodium per 1,000 calories.

Doctors recommend you get only around 2,300 milligrams for an entire day, and say going over that can cause serious health problems.

“Too much sodium can really lead to a lot of heart disease, a lot of considerations for stroke issues, things like that,” said Sue Yost, director of the Freeborn County Public Health Department. “So it's really important to really try to keep your sodium levels down as much as possible."

The CDC wants to work with restaurants to reduce sodium content.

In Philadelphia officials worked with one restaurant association to cut sodium by nearly 20 percent.