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6/14/06

High Salt Foods

Topping today's medical news, Americans would ideally cut their salt intake by half within the next decade under new proposals by the American Medical Association. The AMA is urging the government to require foods high in salt to be labeled accordingly.

The group also wants the food industry to slash the amount of salt in restaurant and processed foods. Food is considered high in salt if it contains more than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving, according to the AMA.

Excessive salt intake has been shown to increase the risk for high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. Experts generally recommend people consume less than 2,300 milligrams a day, or about 1 teaspoon.

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