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Posted on Wednesday, June 8 2016 at 8:56 pm by -

The Push to Get Americans to Eat Healthier Continues – FDA Issues Voluntary Draft Guidance for Sodium Reduction in Processed and Restaurant Foods

By: Carolina M. Wirth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) and the Obama administration continue on their shared goal to get Americans to eat healthier by issuing a draft guidance outlining voluntary targets for sodium reduction for both processed and commercially prepared foods.  Americans currently consume an average of 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day – which is 1,100 mg more sodium than the recommended 2,300 mg per day – mostly from processed and prepared foods (i.e., restaurant foods).[1]  According to the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, attempts to reduce sodium consumption through education initiatives over the last 40 years have been unsuccessful.[2]  Thus, “without an overall reduction on the levels of sodium in the food supply, consumers will not be able to reach [the sodium level intakes] recommended by Dietary Guidelines.”[3]  Reduced sodium levels are expected to decrease the rate of hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States.[4]

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