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Diet high in sodium linked to increased risk of developing high blood pressure

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NS US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Last week issued final guidelines for voluntarily reducing the food industry sodium In processed, packaged and prepared foods.

The agency aims to cut average sodium intake by 12% over the next two and a half years — from 3,400 to 3,000 milligrams a day.

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Research shows Americans consume 50% more sodium than recommended.

FDA issues new salt guideline aimed at reducing levels

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“Your body needs a small amount of sodium to function properly, but too much sodium can be bad for your health. A diet high in sodium is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke. and is a leading cause of heart disease.” The FDA wrote on its website.

More than 70% of dietary sodium comes from eating packaged and prepared foods, and the FDA says the agency aims to cut more in the future.

So, how can you reduce your salt intake?

The nation’s food supply contains a lot of sodium, and Americans who try to consume less sodium may find it difficult to do so.

Reading the “Nutrition Facts” label on packaging can help consumers make an informed decision, and Americans should get less than 100% of the daily value for sodium, or 2,300 milligrams per day.

Twenty percent or more of the daily value per serving is considered high sodium.

Food choices matter too, with about 40% of the sodium consumed by Americans coming from deli meat sandwiches, pizza, burritos and tacos, soups, savory snacks, poultry, pasta mixed dishes, burgers and egg dishes such as omelets.

The artificial sweetener in soda, other drinks may increase food cravings, appetite in women and obese people.

Sodium can also be added to spices.

Some common food additives, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), baking soda, sodium nitrate, and sodium benzoate, also contain sodium.

Sodium has many uses, including as a preservative, to control microbial growth and taste.

The FDA advises that individuals prepare their own food whenever possible, add flavorings without sodium, and buy fresh foods instead of processed varieties.

“Also, check the package on fresh meat and poultry to see if saltwater or saline has been added,” it warned.

People are advised to wash their vegetables and sodium-rich canned foods before eating them.

Reduced portion sizes also mean less sodium, and people who are eating out can split meals with friends, take part of their meals home, or choose smaller meals.

Asking to prepare food without table salt, that sauces and dressings be served “on the side” and if nutritional information is available when dining at a restaurant can also help.

The FDA said it expects its guidance to have a “profound impact” on the health of millions of people.


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