Salt Consumption on Rise in US

The National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association has recommended that a diet shall not contain more than 2.4 grams of salt in a day.

On an average, American men take 10.4 grams of salt daily while women consume 7.3 grams of it every day. The institute fears the rising quantities of salt in the diets among the Americans. Also, it has been observed that nearly
75% to 80% of the salt is consumed through processed food items.

US First Lady mentioned the need of controlling salt consumption in a campaign against obesity. This has led to a number of manufacturer firms considering the reduction in level of sodium added to their processed food items.

Kraft has promised a 10% reduction in the amount of sodium, which will undertake the removal of over 10 million pounds of salt in nearly 1,000 processed food items.

In addition to this, a panel from the Institute of Medicine has urged the Food & Drug Administration to impose a regulation on the use of sodium in processed food items. It also mentioned the recommendations which have not been acknowledged since decades.