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Institute of Medicine Report Finds National Action Imperative to Reduce Sodium Content of Foods

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Most of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed and restaurant foods. The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, concluded that a coordinated approach among government, industry, community groups, and consumers is needed to reduce the sodium content in food. The report recommended as a primary strategy that the Food and Drug Administration set mandatory national standards to gradually reduce the sodium content in foods.

Consumers can choose foods lower in sodium and ask stores and restaurants to offer lower sodium products as a means to reduce personal sodium intake.

Visit the Institute of Medicine website for more detailed information about the IOM Report on Sodium Reduction.