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NYC Proposes High Sodium Warning for Chain Restaurants

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, a grilled cheese sandwich is served at the Howard Johnson Restaurant in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(USA Today) – The New York City health department will propose a new rule Wednesday that would require chain restaurants to put a warning symbol next to menu items that have excessive amounts of sodium.

That would be menu items with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, or about a teaspoon, which is the daily recommended amount. The city wants to help fight cardiovascular disease and make it easier for customers to make healthier choices, says New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett.

“We have the overall goal at the health department that we want to reduce premature mortality,” she tells USA TODAY.

Consuming too much sodium raises raises blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

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