Salt won't be sneaking around restaurant menus in New York City any more - thanks to a ruling by the State Supreme Court that upheld the city's Sodium Warning Label. This law requires that any food item or meal combination that has a dangerously high level of sodium must have a small 'salt shaker' icon placed next to it. The motivation behind the law is to empower the consumer to make healthier choices while dining at one of the city's chain restaurants. And it's already working!
Many restaurants started complying with the law as soon as it went into effect back in December. For those that have seen the updated menus, it is amazing how many food items have too much salt!
The science community agrees. We're all consuming far too much sodium. Everyone should strive to reduce their consumption by at least 1000mg per day, if not more! Too much sodium is a major public health problem, leading to elevated blood pressure and increased risk for stroke and heart disease.
This law will be fully enforced by the city beginning on March 1. And the American Heart Association is grateful that the power is finally being placed in the hands of the consumer. We get to more easily make the choice about what we want to eat and how much salt we want to consume!
The fight isn't entirely won yet. The law is expected to face continued scrutiny in the courts. But in the meantime, let's celebrate this victory for NYC hearts!
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