The federal government has recently decided to recommend that a wide variety of restaurant and packaged foods should have a lower amount of salt.
Scientists believe that the highest sodium levels can be found in frozen breakfast foods and certain sauces. FDA intends to help reduce the salt consumption for each person by over 1,000 milligrams each day. It means that from 3,400 mg of salt per day, they will consume 2,300 mg.
According to Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, many American citizens wish to reduce the salt in their diets but they can’t because most everyday products from restaurants and stores contain high levels of sodium.
Thanks to this new project, people will be able to improve their health by making better decisions regarding the food they buy. Furthermore, many companies have already taken measures to reduce the amounts of sodium in their products.
Based on FDA’s suggestions, common processed foods were divided into 150 categories, from vegetable juice to butter and feta cheese and established salt level targets for every category. Product sales will also be taken into consideration because popular products will be found on the market on a larger scale.
Scientists calculated which products will have the biggest sodium drop if the target goal of 10 years is met. In addition to this, they established the percent of sodium reduction for each category of food, based on the average salt level in that product in 2010 and the target of 10 years set by the FDA. The sodium levels are listed in mg of sodium per 100 grams of the product.
Therefore, the biggest drops were registered in cream-based sauces, including alfredo sauce; dry seasoning and dry sauce mixes, such as dry gravy mix and spice rubs; unflavored potato and vegetable chips; puffed rice snacks/cakes; frozen vegetables in sauce or/and seasoning; bacon pieces/bits; lettuce/green salads, with added meat, croutons and cheese; refrigerated/frozen breakfast bakery products, such as waffles and frozen pancakes; and Asian-style sauce, including stir-fry and duck sauces, sweet and sour, hoisin and teriyaki.
Furthermore, according to scientists, many types of cheese are estimated to register a 15 percent drop in salt levels, based on the target of 10 years. Hopefully, these regulations will pay off, and people will have a healthier lifestyle.
Image Source:Hungry Forever