Sodium in Canadian restaurant foods ‘alarmingly high’

Sodium levels in many foods served at Canadian restaurant chains exceed the amount an adult should take in during a day, a new study finds. Researchers examined the salt levels in more than 9,000 foods sold at 65 fast-food restaurants and 20 sit-down restaurant chains with at least 20 locations across the country. Considering how common it is to dine out, along with the pervasiveness of hypertension and its health risks, the study authors said it was important to take a systematic look at sodium levels to assess progress towards the federal, provincial and territorial target of lowering sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per person per day by 2016.