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(WJW) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking restaurants and food manufacturers to reduce the salt content of their products.
The goal is to reduce American sodium intake by 12% over the next 2.5 years.
According to the FDA, over 70% of sodium intake comes from sodium added during the cooking and production of food.
Currently, the average intake is 3,400 milligrams per day.
The recommended amount is 2,300 mg, which is about 1 teaspoon.
A 12% reduction does not reach that goal, but is close to about 3,000 mg per day.
Excessive salt intake can increase blood pressure and cause heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
The new guidelines aim to reduce diet-related health problems for Americans.
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