The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now asking food manufacturers and restaurants, as a fresh guidance, to cut down the salt in their products over the coming 2.5 years, with a target to reduce Americans’ sodium intake by 12 percent.
The FDA recommendation is expected to cover a variety of foods, from chain restaurant meals to processed food on grocery store shelves. and even baby food.
Current dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. That equates to about one teaspoon of table salt.
But the average person in the U.S. consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium per day, according to the FDA. The majority of that comes from processed foods, not table salt.
The new recommendations aim to cut the average salt intake by 12 percent, down to 3,000 mg a day. That is the equivalent of consuming 60 fewer teaspoons of salt a year.
While that goal would not reach the recommended daily intake of 2,300 mg of sodium, experts said the guidance is a good step to address high blood pressure, which affects nearly half of all U.S. adults.
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