Grocery Sodium Drops While Restaurant Levels Rise

July 25, 2013

Most Americans consume too much sodium, and it's estimated that around 80% of what they're getting was added into their diet by food manufacturers and restaurants. A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine takes a look at how they've been doing at tackling this issue for the past few years.

An analysis of 402 processed food items showed that between 2005 and 2011, sodium levels declined by around 3.5%. On the other hand, the sodium content of menu items at 78 fast-food restaurants increased by 2.6% over the same time period. Although certain menu items showed a 30% drop in sodium, even more increased by 30%.

The best thing you can do for your diet is to make your own meals using fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats. To see how the calorie counts at small-chain and independent restaurants add up, read today's Breaking News post at