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April 21st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

FDA considers salt regulation

(CNN) – Government regulators are now keeping a watchful eye on your salt intake. Americans eat more than twice the sodium they need, increasing the risk of serious illness.

Don't think you overdo it on sodium? Think again! Most of it doesn't come from your salt shaker. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta went to the store to expose some of the hidden dangers.

Filed under: Health
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  1. Mariana

    I wish CNN had used the word Sodium in the newscasts, rather than the common word salt. Sodium occurs naturally in most foods, so someone watching sodium intake must consider natural sodium as well the sodium levels in processed foods and table salt. Because of my husband's health, I have to watch his sodium intake. I don't buy processed foods, soups, etc. The added benefit is that my blood pressure is lower. I look for foods that do not contain high amounts of sodium. There are many options for low/lower or no sodium canned vegetables, lunch meats, bacon, chips, and soup bases. I read all labels and choose the items with less sodium. I think the way in which CNN reported this made it sound worse than it is. We, as a nation. are growing older and blood pressure problems will eventually hit almost everyone. Lowering sodium intake makes a huge difference and a lot of sense.

    April 22, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  2. Mitchell

    If you disagree with ANYTHING this administration wants to do, doesn't that make you a racist.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  3. ronvan

    BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU! However, this is just stupid!

    April 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  4. sharon

    It isnt anybodies place or business what I eat or dont eat. If I ask for their advice-ok, Ill consider their suggestions. But this is just more infringements on our personal rights and freedoms. I believe salt is very beneficial for me and no-one has the right to parent me like that!

    April 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm |