Lobby group urges reduction in salt
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI),
which asserts that americans' salt intake far exceeds government
recommendations, is urging the US government to establish maximum acceptable
levels of sodium in meat and poultry products.
says that too much salt in the diet is a major
contributor to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes, and almost all
Americans consume far much more sodium than is recommended.
According to leading sodium researchers, halving the
salt content in processed and restaurant foods would save 150,000 lives a year
in the US, the CSPI said in a statement.
The Center is warning consumers that meat products
that appear similar on the outside may contains significantly different sodium
â€œManufacturers of high-sodium products could reduce
salt while still marketing safe, tasty and competitive products,â€ CSPI said in
already has extensive regulations governing the makeup of
processed meat and poultry products, which set nutritional standards such as
limits on fat content for some products, and limits on various preservatives or
additives in others,â€ said CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson. â€œThe agency
should set similar reasonable limits for sodium chloride, which, at the levels
consumed, might just be the single most dangerous ingredient in the food
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