The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidelines on sodium intake guidelines. However, the guidelines are voluntary, so it will not require food companies to meet.
Voluntary Guidelines to reduce consumption salt Food and Drug Administration
Reducing salt intake can save hundreds of thousands of lives. However, 90 percent of Americans eat too much of it, said Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Journal of the Medical Association of America.
‘The recommended daily intake of sodium is 2,300 milligrams, but an average American adult consumes 3,400 milligrams of salt each day. “
The sodium content is already included in the existing food labels. However, specifically sodium recommended levels is not fixed by the government. The new guidelines suggest limits of about 150 food categories.
Studies have shown that blood pressure increases with high sodium intake, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, health officials CDC said.
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said many people may not be aware of the amount of sodium they eat until they get sick. Our great hope is that this will start a serious national dialogue.
The daily salt intake of Americans is about 1? teaspoons or 3,400 milligrams. The amount has not declined in recent years, and is approximately a third of the government’s recommendation for good health. Most of that sodium is hidden inside of processed foods and meals in common restaurants, making it harder for consumers to control how much they eat.
The food industry has brought to 2013 IOM report said that there is no convincing evidence that sodium intake to very low levels -. Below 2,300 milligrams a day provides benefits
If food industries comply with the guidelines, Americans will not notice an immediate difference in the taste of foods high in sodium, such as pizza, pasta, bread and soups. The idea is to encourage gradual change for consumer taste buds can adjust, and to give companies time to develop foods with low sodium content.
Many food companies and retailers have already pushed to reduce salt. Wal-Mart, ConAgra Foods, Nestle and Subway restaurants say they have made significant reductions in sodium in their products.
Removing or changing salt added salt substitutes such as potassium chloride does the trick. food industries use common salt (sodium chloride), not only for flavor, but also to increase the service life, prevent bacterial growth, or improving the texture and appearance.
Sodium levels in foods may differ. Sodium on a slice of white bread ranges from 80 milligrams to 230 milligrams. Three ounces of turkey deli meat can have 450 milligrams to 1,050 milligrams, according to the CDC.
Health groups have advocated mandatory standards sodium guidelines, but say that voluntary guidelines are a good first step. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said the government should evaluate the functioning of voluntary standards, and to establish mandatory targets if they do not.
“It is disappointing that the FDA is only proposing goals and no formal limits, but in this political climate with a Republican Congress and such massive opposition from the industry, we are pleased that the administration is at least going out with voluntary targets,” Jacobson said.
This article was originally published on medindia.net
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