Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hold the Salt the FDA Is Right to Seek Reductions in Sodium

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hold the Salt the FDA Is Right to Seek Reductions in Sodium

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Please, don't pass the salt.

There is too much of it in so many of the foods we eat as it is. It's good, then, that the Food and Drug Administration wants less of it in restaurant meals and in processed foods. That's because, no matter how closely Americans try to adhere to low-sodium diets, some foods are so heavily laden with salt that they obliterate many attempts to control salt intake.

On average, Americans consume around 3,400 milligrams of salt each day. That's more than 1,000 milligrams over the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams.

Certainly, there are those who haven't the faintest idea how much sodium they take in daily. And though there are many others who want to lower the amount of salt they get, one stop at a fast food eatery for an occasional burger and fries can mean they've consumed in one meal more than the suggested daily limit. …

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