NYC Cracking Down On Sodium Labeling In Chain Restaurants

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March is National Nutrition month, and living a healthy lifestyle starts with making smart food choices.

Many diets encourage people to count calories or carbs, but make sure you also pay attention to the sodium, which is the main component of salt.

In case you didn't know, salt works on your kidneys to make your body hold on to more water.

Then, the extra stored water raises your blood pressure and puts strain on your kidneys, arteries, heart and brain.

Courts in New York City have made a ruling that could catch on in other places. Chain restaurants must tell customers how much salt is in their food by using a salt shaker icon on the menus.

Dishes with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium must have the little symbol.

Starting today, fines will be imposed for any restaurant not complying with the rules.


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