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You probably saw the recent headlines that told us “Food Makers Pressured to Cut Sodium.” A powerful group of health experts, food police and consumer watchdogs joined forces in an attempt to shake up the salt industry.
According to an AP story that grabbed my attention, “Americans eat nearly two teaspoons of salt daily, more than double what they need for good health," and "three-fourths of that sodium comes inside common processed foods."
That same news story said that if sodium in processed restaurant foods was cut in half, 150,000 lives would be saved each year alone, according to the American Medical Association.
Current nutrition guidelines say that 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day is a safe upper limit, but the Institute of Medicine says just 1,500 mg a day is all we need (sodium helps to regulate your body's fluid balance). Continued ›