150,000 Americans Die From Too Much
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On November 29, 2007, The American Medical Association
joined with the Center for Science in the Public Interest to
urge the FDA to regulate the amount of salt in foods.

This historic call for regulatory action came on the heel sof
findings by the Center which showed that up to 150,000
Americans may die each year from consuming too much salt.

In a press statement released yesterday, AMA Vice President
for Science, Quality, and Public Health Stephen Havas, MD,
MPH, MS, said, “The need for immediate action is clear. The
deaths attributed to excess salt consumption represent a
huge toll – the equivalent of a jumbo jet with more than 400
passengers crashing every day of the year, year after year.”

“Excess sodium greatly increases the chance of developing
hypertension, heart disease, and stroke,” said Dr. Havas.
“Research shows most Americans consume two to three
times the amount of sodium that is healthy, with an
estimated 75 to 80 percent of the daily intake of sodium
coming from processed and restaurant foods. Reducing the
salt in our diets by 50 percent over the next ten years could
save at least 150,000 lives each year.”

“Americans don’t consume large amounts of salt because
they request it, but often do so unknowingly because
manufacturers and restaurants put it in food,” said Dr.
Havas. “The FDA has an opportunity to inform the public of
the hazards of salt through better labeling and provide
increased incentives for the industry to reduce the amount of
salt added to food.”

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