New York Requests National Reduction of Salt in Food

Officials are hoping to reduce the amount of salt in food by 25 percent over the next five years, which would shrink the nation's intake by a solid 20 percent.

New York Requests National Reduction of Salt in Food

Officials are hoping to reduce the amount of salt in food by 25 percent over the next five years, which would shrink the nation’s intake by a solid 20 percent.

-Carolyn French

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Because the average American consumes roughly 3,400 to 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day (when they should be sticking to about 1,500), the New York City Health Department is asking food companies and restaurants across the country to reduce their products’ salt levels.

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New York is presently working with states, cities and national health groups to cut down on the amount of salt in restaurant and pre-packaged foods.

“Consumers can always add salt to food, but they can’t take it out,” Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner, stated. “If we can reduce the sodium levels in packaged and restaurant foods, we will give consumers more choice about the amount of salt they eat and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke in the process.” (CNN)

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