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Salt/Sodium Guidelines for Adults and Children

Dietary Guidelines for daily sodium intake for Adults and Children are as follows:  Adults:  1500 to 2300 mg per day (about a teaspoon), Children 4-8 years of age:  no more than 1200 mg per day.  Children 9-18:  no more than 1500 mg per day.

Ten of the Saltiest KIDS Meals in America


1 Red Lobster: Chicken Fingers (1,320), Biscuit (350), Fries(740), Raspberry Lemonade (20) 2,430 mg 1.0

2 Chili’s: Country Fried Chicken Crispers (1,600), Rice (660), 1% Milk (125) 2,385mg 1.0

3 KFC: Popcorn Chicken (850), Macaroni & Cheese (880), Teddy Grahams (95), 2% Milk (180) 2,005 mg 0.9

4 Jack in the Box: Chicken Strips Grilled (630), Buffalo Sauce (840), Fries (380), 1% Milk (130) 1,980 mg 0.9

5 Olive Garden: Chicken Fingers (940), Fries (880), Raspberry Lemonade(15) 1,835 mg 0.8

6 Burger King: Chicken Tenders (730), Buffalo Sauce (360), Fries (salted) (590), 1% Milk (130) 1,810 mg 0.8

7 Sonic: Grilled Cheese (1,014), Tator Tots (527), 1% Milk (210) 1,751 mg 0.7

8 Denny’s: Little Dipper Sampler (1,200), Ranch Dressing (189), Goldfish Side (260), Lemonade (38) 1,687 mg 0.7

9 Taco Bell: Bean Burrito (1,240), Cinnamon Twists (200), Mountain Dew Baja Blast (70) 1,510 mg 0.6

10 Arby’s: Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich (740) , Curly Fries (548), 2% Milk (116) 1,404 mg 0.6



Good Alternative Low Sodium Kids Meal Options


KFC:  Grilled Drumstick (200), 3" Corn on the Cob (0), Mott's Apple Juice (10) and Teddy Grahams (95) - 330 calories and 305 mg sodium

Denny's:  Flying Saucer Pizza (470), Anti-gravity Grapes (0), Cranberry Juice (0) - 537 Calories and 470mg Sodium

Dairy Queen: Hamburger w/apple sauce (690), Orange Juice (0) - 620 Calories and 690 mg Sodium

Chili's:  Little Mouth Burger (420) Mandarin Oranges (10), Apple Juice box (6) - 610 Calories and 436 mg Sodium

Burger King: Macaroni and Cheese (340), Apple Fries w/caramel Sauce (35), Minute Maid Apple Juice (15) - 330 Calories and 390 mg Sodium

Subway: Roast Beef Mini Sub (600), Apple Slices (0), Minute Maid Apple Juice (20) - 345 Calories and 620 mg of Sodium

Olive Garden: Spaghetti & Tomato Sauce (370), 2% Milk (130) - 350 Calories and 500 mg of Sodium

McDonald's:  Hamburger (520), Apple Dippers (0), Caramel Sauce (35), Apple Juice Box (15), 445 Calories and 570 mg of Sodium

Panera: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (410), Organic Yogurt (40), Orange Juice small (0) - 590 Calories and 450 mg of Sodium

Taco Bell: Crunchy Taco (350), Cinnamon Twists (200), Mango Strawberry Frutista Freeze (10) - 570 Calories and 560 mg of Sodium

ADDING LOW FAT CHOCOLATE OR WHITE MILK TO ANY OF THESE WOULD
ADD APPROXIMATELY 90 TO 160 MG OF SODIUM

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for further Dietary Guidelines please visit www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/chapter8.htm