TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors are very concerned about the findings published today, in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, about the extremely high sodium levels in restaurant foods. Too much sodium causes high blood pressure which is a leading cause of illness and premature death. We're especially concerned because the sodium in restaurant foods is hidden. There is no easy way for patrons to choose lower sodium options, because for the most part sodium content is not posted on the menu. Our patients, and especially those at risk for high blood pressure (40% of population), need better information so that they can choose lower sodium foods in restaurants. Menu labelling is the best way to do this.
Dr. Doug Weir
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
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