It seems like everyone—including Burger King—is slashing sodium from their food. The fast food chain announced it planned to cut the amount of sodium in its kids meals to less than 600 milligrams and promote adult menu combo meals of 650 calories or less for better nutrition. These initiatives will be launched next summer.
“We have made a strong company-wide commitment to help improve childhood nutrition,” says chief executive John Chidsey in an interview with The Associated Press, calling the sodium limit “a positive step among many in that direction.”
High levels of sodium can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium for healthy adults. (A quarter-teaspoon of salt has nearly 600 milligrams of sodium.)
Children’s recommendations are as follows:
- 0–12 months: 1g (400mg sodium) or 1/6 tsp salt
- 1–3 years: 2g (0.8g sodium) or 1/3 tsp salt
- 4–6 years: 3g (1.2g sodium) or 1/2 tsp salt
- 7–10 years: 5g (2g sodium) or 5/6 tsp salt
- Above 11 year: 6g (2.4g sodium) or 1 tsp salt
Learn more ways to cut back on sodium here.