By Kristin Beerman | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The American Heart Association is applauding the efforts of New York City to work with the packaged and restaurant foods industry to get them to cut down on the amount of salt in the food supply.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a new health initiative aimed at reducing the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant food by 25% over the next five years. In fact, he's asking companies across the country to cut down on salt and some have already agreed to do so.
Studies show too much salt in the diet can lead to heart disease and stroke. The Heart Association says Americans are supposed to get between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, but 80% of what we eat already contains salt included in packaged or restaurant food.
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