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Eating too much salt is making Americans sick. Even a 12% reduction can save lives

Added 10-13-21 01:07:01pm EST - “The FDA has issued new targets to reduce the amount of salt that manufacturers put in their foods. It could prevent thousands of cases of cardiovascular disease.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Eating too much salt is making Americans sick. Even a 12% reduction can save lives”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Restaurant food and packaged foods are often high in salt to make them more palatable. The FDA wants to see the food industry gradually reduce sodium levels in these foods. Eric Savage/Getty Images hide caption

Restaurant food and packaged foods are often high in salt to make them more palatable. The FDA wants to see the food industry gradually reduce sodium levels in these foods.

Even amid the pandemic, heart disease continues to be the nation's leading cause of death. And much of it is preventable through a healthier diet.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new sodium targets Wednesday aimed at nudging food companies to cut the amount of salt in processed and prepared foods. The cuts are intended to reduce Americans' sodium intake by about 12% over the next two and a half years.

It's an incremental step, as the agency hopes to see even deeper cuts in years to come, but reducing sodium consumption even this much could have big public health benefits, says FDA acting commissioner Janet Woodcock.

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