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Monday, September 14, 2009

Cutting Down on Salt Could Save Billions

Earlier this spring, we blogged that New York City health regulators were considering a crack-down on salt, along the same lines as their current war against artery-clogging trans fats. A new study suggests that their efforts might make sense: It concluded that billions of dollars in health care costs could be avoided if American would reduce their sodium intake to recommended levels.

Published in the September/October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion, the study estimates that adhering to the recommended level of sodium--2,300 milligrams per day--would result in 11 million fewer cases of high blood pressure each year, resulting in an $18 billion reduction in costs. Reduce sodium consumption to 1,500 milligrams per day, and we could save $26 billion.

Excess salt is everywhere, from processed foods to restaurant fare. Our resident dietitian, Juliet Rodman, says that it's important to check food labels carefully, paying close attention to serving sizes. There may be more sodium in your favorite foods than you think!

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