I Can’t Believe It’s Not Salt!!

The Institute for Medicine, which advises the FDA on health issues, is recommending the agency set mandatory limits for the amount of salt in food.

“We believe we can achieve some substantial voluntary reductions,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “We are shaping a strategy, and that strategy involves working in partnership.”

But that doesn’t make some happy.

“This needs to be a mandatory standard,” said Dr. Jane E. Henney of the University of Cincinnati, who headed the IOM’s study. Because salt is so “ubiquitous, having one or two in the industry make strong attempts at this doesn’t give us that even playing field over time. It’s not sustainable.”

The average American eats more than double the recommended sodium levels in a given day. And the American Medical Associate predicts 150,000 lives could be saved per year if Americans cut their sodium intake by one-half.

Government guidelines set 2,300 milligrams of sodium as the maximum daily intake. But the IOM says people need just 1,500 a day for good health, and even less if they’re over 50.

WTOP TALKBACK: Do you think the FDA should regulate the salt content in the food you eat?

Take a listen and tell me what you think!

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