"Most Americans consume a good teaspoon and a half of sodium a day--more than double the 1,500 mg our bodies need. This excess salt is raising our blood pressure and with it our risk of heart attack and stroke--events that kill about 800,000 Americans a year.
"...Our saltshakers are responsible for just 11% of the sodium we consume. The rest is added before your food reaches the table, whether it's a packaged TV dinner or a meal at your favorite restaurant... It's basically cocaine for the palate... That's why restaurant cooks in particular use it in quantities that would make most customers' jaws drop. They grab fistfuls of it to cover steaks and roasts. They put a big pinch in a salad. It's everywhere."
- Denny's country-fried-steak dinner has more than 3,600 mg of sodium, roughly the equivalent of 24 strips of bacon.
- Red Lobster's Admiral's Feast has 4,400 mg of sodium--which is almost 2 tsp and 3X the adequate amount adults need daily.
- A Hebrew National jumbo hot dog contains more than 1/3 the recommended daily maximum of 2,300 mg.
- Just 6 Rold Gold big stick pretzels contains 1/2 the maximum.
- A single serving of Raisin Bran has 350 mg--or 1/6 the recommended daily max.
Knowledge is power...if it changes behavior.