FDA to Issue Guidelines Urging Less Sodium in Food - WBAY

FDA to Issue Guidelines Urging Less Sodium in Food

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Green Bay - Restaurants and food manufacturers may soon face pressure to make food less salty.

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to issue guidelines asking the food industry to do so. 

Many people are eating more salt than they realize.

When looking at food labels, sodium might not be your top priority. 

"I look at the amount of fat, trans fat, stuff like that," said Jan Sitzman of Green Bay.

But according to registered dietician with Prevea Health, it should be. 

"First of all, it can raise your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and it's untreated, over time it can lead to a heart attack and stroke," explained Heather Grace.

Dietary guidelines say you should have 2300 milligrams or less of sodium each day and less than that if you have a condition like diabetes, but the average person consumes 3400 milligrams per day. 

"What I see commonly is your lifestyles. People are not cooking at home, they're grabbing convenience foods from a gas station or drive-thru," added Grace.

When checking for sodium, it's key to look at the daily percentage value.

Items are considered low sodium if they have 5 percent or less of the daily value of sodium.

"One of the biggest culprits of high salt is going to be in your processed meats. Things like brats, hot dogs, bologna, lunch meats," said Grace.

Even though salt is used for flavor and as a preservative, some people say the FDA should issue new guidelines. 

"Because of the health risks for so many people I think it's a good idea to at least address it and let people choose," said Linda Haen of Green Bay.

Any new guidelines for now would be voluntary.





 


 




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