Recently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended the FDA set maximum sodium levels for a variety of foods. The IOM says people need just 1,500 mg a day for good health, less if they’re over 50. Yet the average adult American consumes more than 3,400 mg daily.
While some may balk at more government intervention into their daily lives, proponents say the intentions of any government regulations would be to improve the health of citizens. The American Medical Association has said 150,000 lives a year could be saved by cutting sodium levels in half in processed and restaurant food. Take a look at some of the nutritional changes America’s favorite foods are undergoing to make them healthier.
Some corporations have already jumped on board to lower the sodium levels in their food products. ConAgra Foods Inc. says consumers will see a 20 percent reduction of sodium in its food lines by 2015. The IOM would rather see mandatory reductions in sodium levels, because they feel that voluntary cooperation with lowering sodium intake, whether it be by companies or consumers is not effective.
Do you think the government should regulate the sodium intake in food products or is that something companies and consumers should decide for themselves? Are you worried about the health consequences of too much sodium in your own diet?