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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pretends that in the next two and a half years reduce total sodium intake in the United States by 12%, and for this it has asked both restaurants and food manufacturers to reduce the salt in their products.
From baby food to a wide variety of foods and restaurants are included in this measure, with the firm objective of reduce heart disease, the leading cause of death in the country.
Consuming less sodium “would have a great impact on reducing the hypertension, heart disease, and strokes“NBC News quotes Dr. Janet woodcock, Acting Commissioner of the FDA.
A large intake
And although current guidelines recommend a consumption no greater than 2,300 milligrams sodium per day (one teaspoon), on average about 3,400 milligrams are consumed daily, which with the new recommendations is expected to reduce to 3,000 milligrams. In a year they are 60 tablespoons less salt ingested.
The suggestion continues to exceed the recommended daily intake, but it is a good step towards improving the consumption of a large part of the people in the United States and, with it, their health.
This is not a mandatory measure, but only a suggestion that, however, is aimed at improve lifestyle of the population.
Experts say that in addition to the known damage to heart health from having a high salt intake, all starts in the kidneys, which are responsible for filtering toxins and waste from the blood, so that a higher consumption of sodium, the kidneys are less efficient in their work. They cannot remove excess fluid from the body and this raises blood pressure. This, in turn, makes the heart work harder to pump blood.
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