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Reducing salt intake to improve our health

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Doctors say cutting the amount of salt in the American diet could save hundreds of millions of lives. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, projects that if Americans would just gradually reduce salt intake by 40 percent.  That alone could save up to a half million lives in the next 10 years.  Surprisingly, it's not a doctor who's leading a new national campaign to reduce salt…it's the mayor of New York City.

Michael Bloomberg is waving the banner for less salt in our food, and already he says some companies are answering the call.  "Kraft reduced the amount of sodium in American singles by 18%, Subway reduced sodium in two of its most popular sandwiches -- the Subway Club and the Italian BMT."

The reason salt is a trouble maker is because doctors say high sodium consumption raises the risk for high blood pressure.  That is why the American Heart Association recommends limiting salt intake to just 1500mg a day.   Right now, it's estimated that Americans consume more than 3,000mg per day.

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