Salt In Processed Food Must Be Reduced Says Report

The US Institute of Medicine has recently reported that the food industry has made little progress in voluntarily reducing sodium in the manufacturing of their processed food.

In a new report, the institute calls on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set national standards for salt added to processed foods and prepared meals in an effort to reduce Americans’ consumption of sodium.

The advisers urged the FDA to set maximum sodium levels for different foods in a stepwise rollback, so that eventually average consumption would drop by about half a teaspoon.

Americans eat about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt daily, more than double what they need for good health and enough to increase the risk of high blood pressure, strokes and other problems.

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