Denny's Sued Over Salty Food

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2009 1:28 AM CDT
Customers eat a free Grand Slam breakfast at a Denny's restaurant in Sunnyvale, Calif. Health experts warn that some of Denny's meal contain "unconscionable" levels of salt.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – A consumer activist group is taking Denny's to court over the "dangerously high" salt levels in the restaurant chain's food, Reuters reports. The suit, filed on behalf of a New Jersey man with high blood pressure, seeks to require Denny's to list the sodium content of its food on its menus. Health experts warn that most Americans should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day, but some Denny's meals contain triple that, according to the group.

"For those Americans who should be most careful about limiting their sodium, such as people middle-aged and older, African Americans, or people with existing high blood pressure, it's dangerous to eat at Denny's," said the director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Denny's customers deserve to be warned about the considerable health risk." A statement from Denny's called the suit "frivolous and without merit."