Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Boston Market a Plus and a Minus

   The restaurant chain, Boston Market, has committed to reducing sodium availability at their stores.  Literally.  They will not put salt shakers on the tables.  Recall, Argentina - the country - did the same thing about a year ago in all the restaurants in its capital.
    Table shakers are not the only Boston Market strategy.  They are also reducing sodium/salt in some of their menu items.  The news story I read made a point to mention a salt reduction in mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.  So yes, that is the minus. Not that they are reducing salt, but that they serve mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese!  Both are items that are not part of the quality diets we have been discussing throughout the summer.  They are very starchy and as made at Boston Market, high in calories and moderate in saturated fat.  
   So YES!  Reduce the salt.  Salt is related to hypertension for many people.  Salt does not have calories however.  It would be nice if the restaurant chain would modify the recipes for lower energy density as well.
    Here is their menu - so you can see the nutrient information.

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