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NewsBites July 2010 Issue

A Day’s Worth of Sodium at Lunchtime

You deserve a break from sodium today. Researchers from the New York City Health Department report that a typical fast-food lunch contains as much sodium as many people should consume in an entire day. They studied the receipts for 6,580 lunches bought at 11 different fast-food chains by ordi-nary consumers, adding up the sodium content. The average was a whopping 1,751 milligrams. That’s nearly as much as the federal dietary guidelines’ 2,300-milligram limit for an entire day, and more than the 1,500 milligrams the government recommends for everyone over age 40, African-Americans and those with hypertension.

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