DALLAS, May 26, 2016 – The American Heart Association applauds the New York appellate court decision announced today to continue implementing a ‘warning’ designation on menu items that exceed 2300 mg of sodium. Although many restaurant chains have already included such a warning on their menus, now New Yorkers will have the opportunity to make better informed decisions when it comes to limiting their sodium intake while eating out at chain restaurants. Policies like this may contribute to lowering the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke and could save billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year.
“Americans deserve the opportunity to choose how much sodium they are eating. Consuming 2300 mg of sodium or more in a single day would put an individual over the recommended healthy amounts according to the CDC’s dietary guidelines. These warning labels will empower people to make healthier choices and improve their heart health,” said Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and the Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.
As an evidence-based organization, the association believes that voluntary sodium reduction is a positive step toward a gradual reduction in the amount of sodium in the food supply.
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