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FDA calls for nationwide sodium reduction

FDA calls for nationwide sodium reduction

On June 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft guidance that outlines certain goals designed to help the food industry lower sodium levels. Ultimately, the FDA hopes to reduce the 3,400 milligrams per day average sodium intake to a healthier 2,300 milligrams per day.

Citing the various health risks of high sodium consumption, such as heart disease and stroke, the FDA's press release notes that food options often limit how effectively Americans can lower their intake. It's this particular challenge that prompted the FDA to intervene.

"Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that's hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants," HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a news release. "Today's announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health."

However, there are some ways to lessen your sodium consumption even without the proposed regulation. Award-winning research from the UK's Centre for Food Innovation at Sheffield Hallam University found that Seagreens® seaweed contains only 3 percent sodium, which is a dramatic reduction from the 40 percent found in normal salts. Food manufacturers in Europe have already used seaweed for several years, which only further proves that is a viable and healthy replacement to salt in food. Additionally,  it also contains a variety of nutrients, which can aid digestion and weight regulation.

To reduce the sodium in your diet, try Seagreens Mineral Salt. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.

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