A Taste of Salt Hurts America’s Health

December 21, 2007 02:23 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Public health advocates are calling on the nation’s top food regulatory agency to limit how much sodium goes into foods in restaurants and on grocery shelves.

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The prevalence of obesity in America has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to look again at the role of salt in U.S. food.

Eating too much of this everyday condiment can contribute to weight and other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease.

The American Medical Association says Americans on average eat two or three times the recommended amount of salt, most of which comes from processed or restaurant-prepared foods.

Heart disease is the top cause of death for men and women, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2002, the last year for which figures were compiled, nearly 700,000 people died from cardiovascular disease in the United States.

Headline Links: 'FDA contemplating crackdown on salt'

Background: The FDA and the AMA

Reference Material: Cardiovascular disease

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