May 26, 2022

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FDA Releases New Salt Guidelines: How to Slash Your Sodium Intake

In an effort to curb Americans’ sodium intake, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week called on chain restaurants and food manufacturers to voluntarily slash the salt content in their products. The goal: to reduce Americans’ typical daily sodium intake from 3,400 milligrams (mg) to 3,000 mg, a roughly 12 percent decrease.

The recommendations would still put Americans’ daily sodium consumption far above the U.S. dietary guidelines‘ recommended limit of 2,300 mg for people ages 14 and up. Yet the FDA said in a statement that “even these modest reductions made slowly over the next few years will substantially decrease diet-related diseases.”

Even if the food industry doesn’t embrace the guidelines, the FDA’s move is a step in the right direction, says Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, MPH, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

“Most Americans will still be far above recommended intakes, but this will still save tens of thousands of lives per year,” Dr. Mozaffarian says.