Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is asking food manufacturers to reduce salt in their products.
The new guidanceThis program is intended to reduce Americans’ salt intake.
“Limiting certain nutrients, such as sodium, in our diets plays a crucial role in preventing diseases like hypertension and cardiovascular disease,” the FDA said.
It can be difficult for the FDA to reduce salt intake because 70% of sodium consumed by Americans comes from processed, packaged and restaurant food.
“The targets in the final guidance seek to decrease average sodium intake from approximately 3,400 milligrams (mg) to 3,000 mg per day, about a 12% reduction, over the next 2.5 years,” the FDA said.
Although 3,000 mg daily is still higher than the 2,300 mg recommended limit, FDA believes that even a modest reduction in sodium intake will reduce the risk of diet-related diseases.