Perhaps you’ve heard some recent news about sodium — it seems to be the topic of 2010 (at least so far). And it’s certainly creating a stir here in New York City.
Last week, Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Health Department decided to take on salt as the next food additive to reduce in our food (he already won the war on trans fats), in an effort to make us a healthier nation. Bloomberg proposes that the food industry (restaurants and food manufacturers) reduce the amount of sodium in a variety of food products. The goal is to cut the nation’s salt intake by 25% over five years. And just yesterday a new study came out in The New England Journal of Medicine that lowering salt intake can reduce the cases of certain diseases.
Why is sodium such a big deal? Most people take in way too much of it (3000-5000 mg per day instead of the recommended 1500-2300 mg per day), and it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, calcium loss and osteoporosis, kidney disease, and more. In fact, salt plays such a big role in our health that it can actually lead to weight gain. Recently, the Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, identical twin dietitians, wrote The Secret to Skinny (which I contributed to!), which is all about how salt affects your weight and what you can do about it.
What do you think about Bloomberg’s campain to reduce salt?