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Food Restaurants Are Being Told To Majorly Reduce How Much Salt They're Using

15:15  14 october  2021
15:15  14 october  2021 Source:   eatthis.com

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On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked both food manufacturers and restaurants to start reducing the salt content in their products and menu items. The agency's goal is to help Americans reduce their overall sodium intake by 12% over the next 2.5 years.

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According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, which is well over the recommended 2,300 milligrams, or about one teaspoon of salt. The AHA even suggests most adults consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day to avoid high blood pressure or hypertension.

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The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. is attributable to heart disease. Research clearly indicates there's a correlation between salt intake and elevated blood pressure levels.

Earlier this year, the FDA announced that more than 70% of sodium in the American diet comes from packaged and prepared foods. Restaurant meals are also to blame, with some dishes containing more than 4,000 milligrams of sodium.

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The new recommendation will allegedly help bring the estimated American sodium intake down to 3,000 milligrams a day. An improvement, but certainly still far from what the latest USDA dietary guidelines propose is safe to consume. As NBC reports, the new recommendations are nonbinding, meaning companies are not required to follow them.

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Still, the president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Dr. Peter Lurie, described the FDA's guidance to NBC as, "the single most effective intervention that the American government could take at the present time."

Think about it this way: If the food you purchase from grocery stores and at restaurant chains contained less salt, it would likely be much easier for you to reduce your intake of sodium, right?

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Can I Swap Sea Salt for Kosher Salt? .
Some salt is, in fact, “saltier.”Variation in size and shape changes how densely salt crystals pack into a teaspoon. The denser they pack, the more salt a given unit of volume will deliver. So pay attention to what the recipe calls for—1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt will have a bigger impact on your dish than the same amount of a larger-grained salt like Diamond Crystal. Using both interchangeably may mean an over- or under-seasoned meal.

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