Denny’s Sued Over Sodium Content

Posted by on Jul 25

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denny's sodium lawsuitIt's never a wise idea to cook with outrageous amounts of salt. A high-sodium diet is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, and is especially dangerous for those with high blood pressure or hypertension.

Looks like Denny's still hasn't gotten that memo.

The restaurant franchise received a lawsuit filed from The Center for Science in the Public Interest. The CSPI is suing Denny's on behalf of New Jersey's Nick DeBennetto, a 48-year old man suffering from hypertension. DeBennetto's request is for the restaurant to disclose the sodium content on each menu item, as well as a full refund of all meals he has eaten at the restaurant. He says he would have never eaten the meals if not for the restaurant's "concealment, suppression or omission of the material fact that its food contains excessive amounts of sodium."

Those with hypertension are advised to consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. An average adult's recommended intake is around 2,300 mg. But several choices on the Denny's menu go above and beyond the average amount in a single dish. For example, the Meat Lover's Scramble contains a whopping 5,690 mg of sodium.

However, Denny's believes the lawsuit is "frivolous and without merit" and will "fight it aggressively." In February, the restaurant chain said it would begin to reformulate their menu items to include lower sodium content, and deleted high-salt items off the children's menu as well. Denny's also pointed out the existence of much healthier options on their menu, implying that patrons aren't forced to eat a super-salty meal when they choose to dine there.


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