The FDA Proposes New Sodium Guidelines

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The FDA asks the food industry, “why so salty brah?”  



For years public health groups have complained about the high sodium content in foods. Many havein fact specifically linked the increase of sodium intake with increases to heart disease and obesity in the US.


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But the problem, SODIUM IS SO DAMN GOOD!!! It basically makes any food last longer and taste better! Which is the reason why salt has been stuffed in so many processed and restaurant foods for the past decade. So it makes sense that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would finally introduce guidelines to cut the salt use. Here’s what you need to know.



  • Real Talk: As a country, we eat WAY too much sodium. The FDA recommends that we eat no more than 2,300 mg per day. Many health officials believe the average American is consuming at least 3,400 mg per day! The FDA believes a big part of this is due to sodium being an essential part in many processed foods. With these new guidelines, the FDA hopes to curb that trend.


  • Slowly Wean Off the Salt: The guidelines doesn’t want food manufacturers to cut salt cold turkey. The idea would be to gradually lower the salt intake of processed and restaurant foods with the milestones being at the 2-year and 10-year marks.


  • Right Now, These are Only Draft Guidelines: It’s important to keep in mind that the FDA (in conjunction with the Obama administration) has only released draft guidelines. Like with any federal agency introducing guidelines, the public will have 150 days to comment on the proposed rules.


  • Also These are Voluntary Guidelines: Many health groups had requested that the FDA make their guidelines mandatory – which would legally force companies to comply with federal regulations – but they have decided to take a voluntary approach instead. While this would put the US in line with countries like Canada, in reality, the move was most likely done so it could pass Congress with little opposition as possible. Speaking of opposition…


  • There Will Be Considerable Opposition from Special Interests: One thing is clear, there will be some major opposition to these proposed guidelines from a litany of special interest groups! Considering the lowering of sodium intake in processed foods would cost the restaurant and food industry potentially millions, it’s a good bet they’re going to put-up some real opposition to the new guidelines. These are two powerful lobbying groups in Washington, so it will be interesting to see what the final sodium guidelines will look like when the dust settles.



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