Worth a lawsuit?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is suing Denny’s for the amount of salt in its food … so, here some of are the numbers:

  • Clam Chowder: 1,822 mg
  • Smokin’ Q Three Pack appetizer: 3,520 mg
  • Spicy Buffalo Chicken Melt with regular fries: 4,120 mg (with seasoned fries: 4,880 mg)
  • Moons Over My Hammy (ham, egg, and cheese sandwich) – no sides: 2,580 mg (+650 mg for hash browns or +840 mg for grits)
  • Super Bird sandwich with regular fries: 2,610 mg
  • Meat Lover’s Scramble: 5,690 mg

(Btw, the CDC says that you should not eat more than 1,700 mg of sodium per day.)

Honestly, some of the numbers are shocking!  While it is not surprising that the Meat Lover’s Scramble is that high in salt (it is two eggs with chopped bacon, diced ham, crumbled sausage, Cheddar cheese, plus two bacon strips, two sausage links, hash browns, and two pancakes), the fact that a chicken sandwich packs that much salt in is questionable.  For one, high salt content in chicken is a sign that extra water has been pumped into it to make it appear larger.  More importantly, there has to be ways of cooking the chicken that use less salt … unless Denny’s is relying on the salt for a large amount of the flavor of the dish – something that I would not be surprised at!

I think that as a consumer, you have the right to the information about what is in the food that you are purchasing.  As long as Denny’s provides that information both in restaurants and online (it is online, but I don’t know if you can get it when you go to eat), then I am okay with the level of salt in their food.  It is my right to know … and if you want to kill yourself with too many Denny’s meal, then that is your right!

If you are of the type that wants to read the lawsuit, here is a PDF of it.  There is more information and opinions about the case from TBM’s The Daily Bread and Nation’s Resetaurant News.