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(article, Ashley Griffin Gartland)
The American Medical Association and public-health specialists have long had a beef with salt, suggesting that we could save 150,000 lives each year if we simply reduced the salt found in processed and restaurant foods by half. How? High salt intake is related to heart disease, and Americans consume more than twice the salt they need, digesting nearly two teaspoons of salt a day. What’s more, three-fourths of that sodium comes from processed foods. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration hosted its first public hearing to discuss whether or not the government should limit sodium in processed foods. It's nice that the government is stepping up to the salty plate. But in the end, lowering salt intake is up to us.