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Denny's Sued For High Sodium Foods

Denny's Sued For High Sodium Foods

We all know that many fast food chain's menu items are high in the sodium department. Armed with this knowledge, we just avoid eating at these places. Although a New Jersey resident doesn't think it's right, and is taking action against one popular chain, Denny's. Together Nick DeBenedetto and the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit, claiming that many of this restaurant's meals "are dangerously high in sodium."

Just how high? To find out


The RDI of sodium per day is 2,300 milligrams, but if you're hitting up Denny's for lunch, a Grilled Chicken Sandwich will run you 2,070 mg, and a Double Cheeseburger has 3,880 mg — that's just in one meal. In the mood for breakfast? A Meat Lover's Scramble contains 3,180 mg of sodium, and a French Toast Platter has 2,000 mg. In their defense, Denny's does offer low-sodium options on their menu such as salads, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, and plain scrambled eggs.

While it's proven that a diet high in sodium has been linked to high blood pressure and heart problems, do you think restaurants should be forced to lower their sodium content, or is it up to the consumer to make healthy choices when it comes to his or her diet?

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divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I'm not sure about the law suit thing, but I do like that it's bringing awareness of how awful Denny's food is for you. Most fast food places and restaurants that are similar are just as bad. Eh, people will make decisions not based on health but based on taste.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree with #8 as well. High sodium is detrimental to the human body.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Where has all the personal responsibility gone?
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
um, IMHO, if you don't like the sodium, don't order it. no one's forcing you.
lulu88 lulu88 8 years
i agree sharon! if denny's makes money off it's high-sodium food, let them be, they are doing it right. no one is forcing anyone to eat this, but some people like it! if they want it, let them have it. plus some can afford to eat unhealth-ily and still look great. they can spend their money there and other places that have "unhealthy" choices. if denny's closed down for this, think of all the fast-food places like mcdonalds and steak and shake that would have to close down because they have "bad" meals and food that aren't good for customers. who cares! if people buy it, let them
sharonvak sharonvak 8 years
This lawsuit won't go very far...most likely. I truly believe it's important that people analyze their own eating habits--Denny's isn't forcing anyone to eat their food. Nutritional information is available for most major restaurants like Denny's and any customer can request one to accompany their menu. I'm not saying that its OK to serve food with such high sodium, but in the end, it's up to the customer.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
My husband's had several kidney stones in the past few years, and we had them analyzed and they are forming from eating a diet too high in salt and too low in potassium citrate. Since then, we started to pay attention to his salt intake, and everything has salt! One bagel has about 500 mg of salt! We went on a low-sodium diet and he has not had any new kidney stone formations.
Phil Phil 8 years
Cheers to #8 Most people don't know, most people won't take the time to look, and most people won't act on the knowledge of costs outweighing benefits. The reality is that unless people already have a preexisting condition, they're not going to be very concerned with checking for relevant nutrition data. Many people would rather act reactively, instead of preventatively. Some people have food allergies, and those are the people who usually give further inquiry into what they're eating. But, sodium affects everyone and regularly consuming the amount of sodium that Denny's dishes contain will create a preexisting condition. Only after the average consumer is placed at risk, through nutritional ignorance, do they become concerned with their sodium intake. Would anyone object to the warning label on cigarette packs, or the regulation of ingredients that go into cigarettes? We've known the insalubrious effects of smoking for decades, and the ingredients used to make cigarettes, yet millions still smoke, accumulating risk for disease which eventually drive up healthcare costs. It's not so different with menu items extremely high in sodium from Denny's, fast food places and the ilk. If something is unhealthy to the public, why not take all steps necessary to inform the public and the government and set the motion for positive change, giving the people the necessary information, without having to request it, to make better dining choices? Should it have been proven that Soylent Green is made of people before or after the product goes to market? That the nutritional information isn't available unless the customer asks is dubious. Why is it that foods are labeled as 'low in sodium' or 'low calorie' or 'cholesterol free', yet food items especially high in sodium, calories, etc. aren't required to be labeled as such? It seems to me deceptive for an establishment that serves millions of people to fail to take all measures to inform those millions of people.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Make your own if you want it to be healthy. Duh. Who goes to Dennys expecting health food? :oy:
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Like people don't know what they're getting at Denny's or any other restaurant for that matter. Yes, nutritional list would be great, but it common sense is even better.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
"n their defense, Denny's does offer low-sodium options on their menu such as salads, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, and plain scrambled eggs." How about in their defense, it's not illegal to sell unhealthy food? I don't see any legal grounds for the suit unless Denny's has been lying in their nutritional information.
weffie weffie 8 years
I think it's up to each person to decide what they're eating, but it would be great if places like Denny's and Cheesecake Factory had to print the sodium content right on their menus to help us all make smarter choices.
syako syako 8 years
Agreed with this being ridiculous and frivolous. Use your power as a consumer. Boycott these places and cook at home. No one is forced to eat at Dennys. :?
marisa99 marisa99 8 years
I agree with Spectra. Another ridiculous and frivolous lawsuit. Denny's has their entire menu's nutritional info posted online and is available in every restaurant.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I think it's ridiculous. If you drink plenty of water and get enough potassium in your diet, you'll pee out any excess sodium you eat. Unless you have renal problems or high blood pressure or some other medical condition, you don't have to worry TOO much about eating a little extra salt now and then.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
000000 000000 8 years
Big chains like Denny's should be required to list nutritional content next to every item on their menus, just like food in grocery stores, so patrons know exactly what they are ordering. I would never guess that two Denny's buttermilk pancakes have around 1000mg of sodium!
michlny michlny 8 years
I love CSPI and subscribe to their newsletter. Even if we should take responsibility for our own health at least this lawsuit raises awareness.
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