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April 21, 2010

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Reducing Americans' excessive sodium consumption requires establishing new federal standards for the amount of salt that food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service companies can add to their products, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine. Because the vast majority of people's sodium intake comes from salt that companies put in prepared meals and processed foods, this regulatory strategy would make it easier for consumers to eat lower, healthier amounts of salt.

Christine Stencel, Harvey Fineberg, Jane E. Henney, Gary K. Beauchamp, Mary K. Muth