Boston Market's Taking Salt Shakers Off Its Tables [POLL]
And the Chain's Menu Is Going on a Salt Diet, Too
If you're one of those people who automatically reaches for the salt shaker when you sit down at the dinner table, you're going to want to pack your own for dining out at Boston Market.
Because the Colorado-based restaurant chain is about to take salt shakers off the tables in all 476 outlets of its eateries.
The move is part of Boston Market's overall plan to cut the sodium content of its food.
Ultimately, the company plans to cut 15 percent of the sodium in all its dishes, beginning with its trademark rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, which will get a 20 percent sodium reduction in the next six months, USA Today.com reports.
The sodium content in the company's foods is high; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults should eat no more than 2,300 mg of sodium, in total, per day, and just one serving of Boston market meatloaf contains 1,640 mg, or more than 70 percent of an entire day's suggested sodium intake.
The executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest tells USA Today that, if Americans would cut their salt intake by half, 100,000 lives could be saved every year.
To that end, Boston Market is also testing a lower-sodium bread and experimenting with using garlic and herbs to replace salt in some foods like salads and sandwiches.
"We don't want it to be misconstrued that Boston Market is becoming a 'healthy' fast-casual chain," a restaurant rep says. "We're never going to have the healthiest mac and cheese on the block."
The company also isn't taking the salt shakers away completely; they won't be on the tables, but customers can still pick them up at the beverage stations.
But tell us:
Will Boston market's decision to take salt shakers off the table factor into your decision to eat at the restaurant?
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