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.
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.
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.