Packaged and Processed Food Contain Too Much Salt

Packaged and Processed Food Contain Too Much Salt

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that packaged and processed foods contain too much salt. According to the leading national public health institute of the United States, food producers are knowingly ignoring current the salt content guidelines.

The federal agency has released a new report, where it has suggested that packaged foods contain too much salt and overstep federal guidelines. The food producers also do not reveal to the buyer about the quantity of the salt in the food, which is dangerous for the health.

From a long time, public health authorities have been asking for a reduction in salt. According to them, high amount of salt in food could lead to high blood pressure and a number of other health problems. In the recent study, the agency tried to figure out if an individual's chances of suffering from high blood pressure varied in accordance with location. Moreover, they wanted to know whether the salt content varied in accordance with the location.

The results of the study did not show any proof of such links, but according to the results, excessive levels of salt have been used in the manufacturing of packaged foods across all locations that were part of the study. The study found that packaged foods like meats and pasta, with more than 75% of instances overstepping guidelines by the federal agency. Pizzas were also found as offenders that contain too much salt in about 70% of the areas. In addition, soups were found to be filled with high amount of salt levels 50% of the time.

As per CDC's official report, "Americans consume an average of 3,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day. But the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day. About six in 10 adults should further limit sodium to 1,500 mg a day."