• About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
• Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200 mg per day on average could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs.
• Types of foods matter — More than 40% of sodium comes from the following 10 types of foods: breads and rolls, [et cetera, et cetera].
You read that correctly. The federal government is warning you not to eat bread.
Concerned about this fresh menace to your health? Don’t worry; Big Government is right there in your face to help by:
• Using the national “Million Hearts™” initiative to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years (http://millionhearts.hhs.govExternal Web Site Icon). Reducing sodium in the population is a major part of this initiative.
• Encouraging its agencies and departments to adopt the HHS/GSA or similar procurement guidelines that define how much sodium there can be in products that are sold or served in their facilities (www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/guidelines/food-service-guidelines.htm).
• Improving data collection on sodium, including the amount of sodium people consume, and their knowledge, behaviors and health outcomes.
Salt is not only the world’s most popular seasoning, but an essential nutrient. If experience is any guide, the mostly voluntary measures to stop us from consuming it will soon give way to more coercive tactics. Now might be a good time to start stocking up, unless you want to pay black market prices for something you literally cannot live without.
On a tip from Muddypaw.