San Francisco and NYC Taking Steps To Educate Consumers About Salt and Sugar

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Lawmakers in California and New York are trying to help you stay healthy.

The San Francisco City Board passed a mandatory warning for soda posters and billboards. The ads will remind consumers that sugary drinks contribute to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

And there’s this:  the board is also banning any advertising of sugary drinks on city-owned property.

If the mayor approves it, the law will take effect in 30 days.

Health experts often advise us to lower our salt intake.

Now, New York is helping you stay aware of how much you eat in restaurants.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton

tells us how:

French fries, rotisserie chicken, and of course, pizza… commonly enjoyed foods that come with more than just a pinch of salt. But when it comes to exactly how much sodium is in these foods for most of us, it’s usually a mystery.

Now, one city is proposing a solution. Today, the New York City Health Department asked the Board of Health to consider requiring all chain food establishments to use a new label to identify foods that contain 2,300 milligrams or more of sodium.

That’s the federal recommended daily limit. Yet, many menu items contain this much in a single meal, and health officials say 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much salt.

The final vote won’t happen until September, but if the Board of Health passes the law, it will make food history.

Whether such regulations will be considered elsewhere remains to be seen.

But laws or no laws, there are things that all of us can do to be smart about salt… like checking those food labels and eating at home more often, where you can control that salt. Ultimately, that shaker is in all of our hands. so sprinkle wisely.

If you want to lower your sodium intake, the CDC has a few helpful hints:

  • First, eat less processed foods- they are packed with salt
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables- they help lower sodium
  • Check different brands of foods while grocery shopping-  some use more salt than others

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