HealthyDiningFinder.com features close to 1,000 Sodium Savvy Menu Choices
(RestaurantNews.com) As restaurants nationwide will soon face FDA pressure to reduce sodium levels, as announced by the federal agency this week, Healthy Dining president and founder Anita Jones-Mueller praises the many restaurants that already participate in the exclusive Healthy Dining Sodium Savvy program.
Jones-Mueller is one of the most knowledgeable authorities on the issue and brings an important perspective to the debate, given her close working relationships with restaurant companies and executives from coast to coast.
“The vast majority of Americans are consuming too much sodium every day, and the consequences are serious – heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and even premature death,” said Jones-Mueller. “The good news is that many restaurants have already made great strides in reducing sodium content.”
California-based Healthy Dining has been working for several years with restaurants to reduce the sodium content of their menu items. Healthy Dining’s Sodium Savvy program makes it easier than ever for consumers to find menu choices that are lower in sodium at thousands of restaurant locations nationwide. To qualify as Sodium Savvy, a menu item must meet the following requirements:
- Entrée: 750 mg of sodium or less
- Appetizer, Side Dish or Dessert: 250 mg of sodium or less
To find the menu items that meet the above requirements, look for the Sodium Savvy icon on Healthy Dining’s website, HealthyDiningFinder.com. HealthyDiningFinder.com arms users with the most comprehensive database of menu items handpicked by registered dietitians based on qualifying nutrition criteria that emphasize lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.
Here are some examples of Sodium Savvy menu items on HealthyDiningFinder.com:
Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Located Nationwide):
Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill (Located in AZ, CO, CA, NV, UT):
The Capital Grille (Located in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI)
About Healthy Dining
Healthy Dining provides Americans with digital tools and resources to find the best restaurant choices for their dietary goals and healthy lifestyles. President and founder Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, launched Healthy Dining in San Diego, CA, in 1991 by combining the brainpower and creativity of chefs, restaurateurs, health experts, registered dietitians and communication strategists. Now, in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association and scores of partner organizations, the Healthy Dining Program has grown to become the most powerful restaurant industry nutrition initiative in the nation. Healthy Dining’s signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com, enables millions of nutrition-conscious restaurant diners, as well as those dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other nutrition-related conditions, to easily find dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell® choices served at restaurants nationwide. For more information, please contact Deborah Lawrence at Deb@HealthyDiningFinder.com,or 760.809.2622.