Study: Hospital food high in salt

Sampling of menus shows majority of items exceed maximum recommended levels

July 22—Hospital menus appear to go heavy on the salt, researchers found. Among a sample of standard hospital menus in which patients did not pick their own meal choices, 100% exceeded the adequate daily intake of 1,500 milligrams of sodium, and 86% surpassed the maximum recommended levels of 2,300 milligrams, JoAnne Arcand, Ph.D., R.D., of the University of Toronto, and colleagues reported in a letter online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.