Buying yourself a greasy breakfast at Denny’s might seem like a relatively cheap treat, but a class action lawsuit against the restaurant chain for its astonishingly high sodium levels could make you think again.
What Dennys’ Been Doing
The suit filed in New Jersey by the Center for Science in the Public Interest accuses Denny’s of “deceptive and unconscionable commercial practices.”
Specifically, the suit says, “Denny’s menu deceptively presents various items as single meals to be consumed by one individual without disclosing that they contain substantially more sodium (sometimes two or three times more) than the maximum recommended amount for all meals consumed by an individual during a given day."
Denny’s calls the lawsuit “frivolous and without merit,” and says it will fight it aggressively in court. In June, the company added lower-fat and lower-sodium choices to its menu.
Why You’re At Risk
About 75% of dishes at the restaurant contain more than the maximum recommended amount of sodium, including the chain's Moons Over My Hammy ham, egg and cheese sandwich with hash browns or grits and Denny's Meat Lover's Scramble with two eggs with chopped bacon, diced ham, crumbled sausage, cheddar cheese, two bacon strips, two sausage links, hash browns and two pancakes.
A diet high in sodium is a major contributor to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke, two of the most common causes of death in the U.S.
Sodium is necessary for nerve and muscle functioning, but doctors recommend consuming less than one teaspoon of salt per day.
What the Suit Seeks
The class-action lawsuit doesn’t seek monetary compensation for Denny’s customers. It just wants the company to better disclose how much sodium its meals contain so that customers can make informed decisions before they decide what to buy.
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