Americans love salty food, especially processed foods. But Uncle Sam is worried. Most Americans, they say, are consuming twice the recommended dose, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and early deaths.
In response, the FDA says they are cooking up a 10-year plan to slowly lower salt in the $600 billion worth of food and drinks we consume each year. They hope if the change is gradual, Americans won't notice.
"We're talking about embedded tastes in a whole generation of people," a source told the Washington Post.
The processed food industry disagrees. This "would be a disaster for the public," Morton Satin, a Salt Institute director told the paper, arguing that the science of salt isn't settled. For many researchers though, the science has been settled for years.