Oct 13, 2021
By Christine Ross
Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt.
The U-S Food and Drug Administration has issued voluntary guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in over 160 foods including condiments, cereals and potato chips.
The food agency says a majority of salt comes from packaged or restaurant foods, not the salt added to meals at home. The agency says reductions have to be across the food supply so people can get used to eating less salt. The F-D-A says it will keep issuing targets to gradually lower sodium intake over time.
Americans eat on average about 3,400 mg of sodium per day. However, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day, that’s equal to about 1 teaspoon of table salt.
The average daily sodium intake of Canadians is currently estimated at 2760 mg, which is higher than the established goal of 2300 milligrams per day.