American Medical Association supports FDA's reduced sodium guidelines
The FDA made this decision based on evidence that shows a connection between eating sodium and developing heart disease. The new guidelines are a step forward in reducing U.S. sodium intake and improving national health.
"We applaud the FDA for proposing new sodium reduction targets and industry guidelines that will help Americans limit the amount of sodium they consume -- and, in turn, make our country healthier," AMA President Steven Stack said. "We believe that reducing overall sodium intake will help rein in high blood pressure and help prevent the devastating consequences of heart disease -- currently affecting millions of Americans. But today's action is only a first step. With most dietary sodium added by food processors and restaurants, even highly motivated individuals find it difficult to reduce their sodium intake. These voluntary guidelines are a blueprint for further action, but the onus is on the food industry to now take the necessary steps to reduce sodium in its products, and help us improve health outcomes for all Americans."
The latest guidelines will help to decrease the uncontrolled high blood pressure in the U.S. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can harm the arteries, heart and other organs.