"Heart Attack Entrees with a Side of Stroke": Are You Eating Too Much Salt?

Cardiologist Dr. Gary Soya
Cardiologist Dr. Gary Soya

Your favorite restaurant chains could be serving up meals to die for... Literally. They're being called "heart attack entrees and side orders of stroke".

The Centers for Science in the Public Interest recently analyzed the salt content in meals at the top 17 restaurant chains.

Burgers... Fries... Chicken fingers... When eating out, most of us worry about fat and sugar, but a new report shows you might want to start saying hold the salt too.

Cardiologist Dr. Gary Soya with the Amarillo Heart Group says, "The average amount of salt that you need per day is about 2,500 milligrams per day. The average American diet without a salt seeker is about 5,000 milligrams per day."

Check out some of the biggest salt culprits... Red Lobster's Admiral's Feast has 71,000 milligrams of sodium... That's more than three days worth of salt. At Olive Garden, when you're here you're family, but Dr. Soya says if your family has a history of heath problems, stay away from dishes like the Tour of Italy... Which makes the top ten most salty list with 6,100 milligrams. "If you have problems with hyper tension or a weak heart, or problems with rhythm problems in your heart, then it's a problem and salt is your enemy."

Kids meals aren't sodium-free either... At Chili's they're hoping to pepper in the fun, but their chicken fingers suggest they're going heavy on the salt instead... The CSPI says it has nearly 2,300 milligrams.

Just to clarify... Our bodies need a little bit of salt to function properly, but when you have too much, that's when the trouble starts... It can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or in some cases even death.