(WJW) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking restaurants and food manufacturers to cut salt in their products.
The goal is to reduce Americans’ sodium intake by 12% over the next 2.5 years.
The FDA says more than 70% of sodium intake is from sodium added during food preparation and manufacturing.
Currently, the average intake is 3,400 milligrams a day.
The recommendation is 2,300 mg, which is about a teaspoon.
The 12% decrease will not hit that goal but will be closer to about 3,000 mg a day.
Consuming too much salt can raise blood pressure, which can cause heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
The new guidelines aim to decrease diet-related health issues in Americans.