Before he leaves the White House next year, President Obama wants to change the way Americans eat, and he’s doing it by attacking salt head on. The president’s administration introduced voluntary proposals that restaurants can take as light suggestions to limit the amount of sodium in the food they serve.
The proposed guidelines issued by The Food and Drug Administration are meant to “support increased food choice.”
Every day, Americans are getting too much sodium in their diets, and the majority comes from processed and prepared foods, not the salt shaker, said the FDA. “That is why we have developed draft guidance with sodium reduction targets to encourage industry to gradually reduce sodium in a wide range of foods.”
Some dishes being targeted by the FDA include classic comfort foods like pizza, pasta, and French fries (which have an average sodium count of 385 milligrams). The proposals suggest reducing that to just 190 milligrams, while a slice of cheese pizza would drop from the average 508 milligrams of sodium down to 310 by the year 2026.
While no establishments will be forced to adhere to the proposed guidelines, the FDA makes it clear that doing so would be in the best interest of the American public. “We believe that the goals contained in this guidance are of interest to all members of the food industry,” the FDA said. “Broad adoption of these voluntary recommendations by members of industry can create a meaningful reduction in population sodium intake over time and support adjustment of consumer taste preferences.”
If everything goes according to plan, the amount of sodium we consume will be slashed by over 1000 milligrams a day.
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