Consult your Doctor
Tips for Reducing Sodium in Your
- Buy fresh, plain
frozen, or canned "with no salt added" vegetables.
- Use fresh poultry,
fish, and lean meat, rather than canned or processed
- Use herbs, spices, and
salt-free seasoning blends in cooking and at the table.
- Cook rice, pasta, and
hot cereals without salt. Cut back on instant or
flavored rice, pasta, and cereal mixes, which usually
have added salt.
- Choose "convenience"
foods that are lower in sodium. Cut back on frozen
dinners, pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths,
and salad dressings — these often have a lot of sodium.
- Rinse canned foods,
such as tuna, to remove some sodium.
- When available, buy
low- or reduced-sodium, or no-salt-added versions of
- Choose ready-to-eat
breakfast cereals that are lower in sodium.
FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2010: FDA Issues Statement on
IOM Sodium Report
Today’s average sodium intake is several times what the body
requires and its long-term effect on our health is very
serious. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects one in
three U.S. adults – nearly 75 million people aged 20 or older.
An additional 50 million adults suffer from pre-hypertension.
High blood pressure can increase the risk for heart attacks,
strokes, heart failure, and kidney failure. Too much sodium in
the daily diet is a major contributor to high blood pressure.
A new report from the Institute of Medicine this week
concludes that national action is imperative to reduce the
sodium content of foods if we are to make significant progress
toward reducing the risk of hypertension and major
cardiovascular events for Americans.
A story in today’s Washington Post leaves a mistaken
impression that the FDA has begun the process of regulating
the amount of sodium in foods. The FDA is not currently
working on regulations nor has it made a decision to regulate
sodium content in foods at this time.
Over the coming weeks, the FDA will more thoroughly review the
recommendations of the IOM report and build plans for how the
FDA can continue to work with other federal agencies, public
health and consumer groups, and the food industry to support
the reduction of sodium levels in the food supply. The
Department of Health and Human Services will be establishing
an interagency working group on sodium at the Department that
will review options and next steps
Success in reducing sodium intake will require coordinated
national action, with participation of all. We are encouraged
by the fact that some food manufacturers have already begun or
announced their commitment to reduce sodium levels in their
As a consumer, you can start lowering your sodium intake today
by purchasing foods low in sodium, asking your grocer to carry
more low-sodium products, and asking for low-sodium options at