Move over trans fats, there's a new health villain in town: sodium.
New York City is on the cutting edge of food regulation once again, this time with a new target. First the City banned trans fats in food, then it required restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. Now the New York Health Department wants to curb the amount of salt we're eating. Today the health department released draft guidelines for a new (voluntary) health initiative to encourage food manufacturers and restaurant chains to curb the amount of sodium in their food. While the city hasn't made sodium reduction a law, its goal is a 20 percent reduction in the amount of salt in packaged products and restaurant food in the next five years.
That's a big deal! Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily sodium limit of 2,300 milligrams-the amount in just 1 teaspoon of table salt. Reducing sodium intake slashed cardiovascular-disease risk by 25 to 30 percent, according to a study in theRead More »from New York curbs salt in food: 5 easy ways you can cut back