Restaurant sued over high sodium levels in meals


Several news sources are reporting on the lawsuit filed Thursday by Nick DeBenedetto, a 48-year-old resident of Tinton Falls, N.J. against the restaurant chain Denny’s. The basis of the suit is the high sodium levels in many of many of their meals.

The medical community advocates the DASH diet for health, especially in controlling hypertension and related health issues like stroke. The recommended level of sodium per day is less than 2,300 milligrams.

The suit contends that many of the meals at Denny’s contain more in the one meal than is recommended for an entire day. An example is Denny’s double cheeseburger which contains 3,880 milligrams. The lawsuit is asking the court to order to order Denny's to list the sodium content of its food on the menu.

Another meal heavy in sodium is the Meat Lover's Scramble which contains 5,690 milligrams. This meal includes eggs scrambled with cheese,, bacon, diced ham and sausage that comes with more meat on the side plus hash browns and pancakes. Even a more simple meal of scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese on the Denny's "senior" menu has 2,060 milligrams of sodium.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest who is assisting DeBenedetto with the lawsuit feel it is important for those who are trying to follow a reduced sodium diet to have the information disclosed on menus.


The DASH diet features high intake of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, resulting in high potassium, magnesium, calcium, and fiber consumption, moderately high protein consumption, and low total and saturated fat consumption.

For more information on the DASH Diet see here (pdf)

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