This article examines changes in the sodium content of lunch/dinner menu offerings at eight of the leading fast-food restaurants in the U.S. between 1997-1998 and 2009-2010. Researchers found that the mean sodium content of menu offerings across the eight restaurants increased by 23.4 percent over the 14 years studied. The mean sodium content of entrées increased by 17.2 percent (from 934 mg/item to 1,095 mg/item) and that of condiments increased by 26.1 percent (from 249 mg/item to 314 mg/item). Side dishes were the only menu item that showed a decrease in sodium content, decreasing by 6.6 percent (from 624 mg/item to 583 mg/item). None of the restaurants examined had a decrease in mean sodium across the lunch/dinner menu over the time studied. Rather, increases ranging from 6 percent to 55 percent were seen at seven of the eight restaurants and no change occurred at one of the restaurants.
Published: September 2013
ID #: 68383
Journal: Public Health Nutr
Authors: Rudelt A, French S, Harnack L