The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stepped in with new, voluntary sodium guidelines to reduce rates of preventable sodium-related chronic diseases. The FDA urges restaurants and food manufacturers to cut the salt in their products to reduce sodium by 12 percent over the next two and a half years.
Salt contains sodium, which is necessary for the body to work correctly. Sodium helps to keep fluids balanced and muscles and nerves working properly. Unfortunately, too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Current dietary guidelines for sodium are 2,300 milligrams or less per day, but the average person in the U.S. consumes about 3,400 mg. A 12 percent reduction, around 3,000 mg per day, is still above the dietary guidelines, but the FDA expects it to help address high blood pressure and related diseases.
If you suspect your food products could use a slash in sodium, we can help you hit those targets. Contact us to discuss your goals to reduce sodium in your food products.