Study points out high sodium levels on restaurant menus
A new study shows that if you eat out, you're taking in too much salt.
Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that the average dish at sit-down restaurants contains 1,455 mg of sodium per serving. The recommended intake is 1,500 mg per day.
Once you ingest 2,300 mg of sodium, it poses a risk to your health.
Some of the saltiest orders are poutine or fries with toppings, pasta, stir fry, sandwiches and wraps, tacos and burritos.
The researchers say that given the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and how often people eat out, more attention needs to be placed on sodium levels at restaurants.
Study author Mary L'Abbe says to reduce the amount of sodium you're taking in, ask for smaller portions or for the gravy and salad dressing on the side. She also suggests asking for oil and vinegar to replace salad dressing, and lemon and pepper to replace gravy and sauces.
Salt will be a focus in Ottawa next month. MPs will vote on a private member's bill that would require food manufacturers meet sodium reduction targets.