Starting December 1st, 2016, New York City restaurants with 15 or more chains in the country will have to adjust their menus to incorporate the new sodium warning.

Any and all items with sodium levels equal to or above 2,300 mg – the recommended daily intake – will be marked with a little black triangle.

The goal is to decrease American’s average sodium intake from 3,400 mg to 2,300 mg per day.

The Institute of Medicine report says that reducing sodium intake can decrease blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke risk in some people.

Who are most at risk?

  • African Americans
  • Those aged 51 years or older
  • People with hypertension, diabetes 0r chronic kidney disease

Generally, they found that sodium intakes ranging from 1,500 mg to 2,300 mg per day were sufficient. Unfortunately, these numbers are well below the numbers Americans actually consume.

But will the little black triangle actually steer people away from these sodium-rich dishes? I’m skeptical.

For more:

Here is a list of salty foods that will now come with a warning label.

Here‘s what happens to your body when you consume too much salt.

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