Features September 2016 Issue

FDA Pushes for Sodium Restrictions

The FDA wants lower sodium content in packaged foods.

FDA Pushes for Sodium Restrictions

The FDA is seeking input on plans to have food manufacturers and restaurants lower the sodium content in their products.

Too much sodium in your diet is linked to high blood pressure, and Americans tend to consume much more than they should. In an effort to make our food a little less salty and more heart-healthy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling on the food industry to start making voluntary reductions in the sodium content of their products. Earlier this year, the FDA announced its goal of reducing average sodium intake from about 3,400 milligrams (mg) daily to about 2,300 mg.

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