Today the FDA announced the American public needs to cut back on the amount of salt (sodium) in the Standard American Diet plan. The FDA suggests the current consumption is about 3,400 mg a day the new FDA recommendation is 2,300 mg per day. So how much is that? About 1 teaspoon per day.
Here's the story. The Food and Drug Administration is leaning on the food industry to cut back on the amount of sodium added to processed and prepared foods. The FDA June 6thpress releasestated a draft of new sodium-reduction targets for dozens of categories of foods — from bakery goods to soups.
You might be surprised to learn just how much salt is in your food. For instance, how about that turkey sandwich you just ate for lunch? It contains more sodium than you might think (check out the graphic above). Bread is one of the stealth contributors of sodium in our diet. Deli meats are also on the American Heart Association's Salty Six list.