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FDA told to act to wean US citizens off high salt diet

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2219
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    The US Food and Drug Administration has been called on to regulate the amount of sodium added to foods after a report found that several decades of voluntarily efforts to reduce the unacceptably high levels of sodium that US citizens consume have failed.

    The report by the Institute of Medicine found that the average US citizen consumes 3400 milligrams of sodium a day, more than double the 1500 mg believed to be an adequate intake for a person under the age of 50 (older people need less). More than three quarters of sodium comes from processed and restaurant foods. The report recommends reducing consumption to 2300 …

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