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Hidden salt

In the American food supply, salt has been doing a magic act. It’s there, but you can’t see it unless you look real hard – and sometimes, not even then.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden:

``It’s hidden in the processed packaged foods we buy at the grocery store, or in the meals we order at restaurants.’’ (6 seconds)

Frieden says hidden salt leads most Americans to eat twice their daily limit. This raises the risk of high blood pressure, and makes it harder to control.

Federal officials are working with food industry officials on how to reduce salt, but consumers should still choose low-sodium foods.

An article on high blood pressure and the need to reduce salt intake is in the Vital Signs section of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.


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