On March 23rd Marion Nestle posted a blog on food politics titled, “The Arguments About Sodium Go On and On.” It can be found at http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/03/the-arguments-about-sodium-go-on-and-on/

The blog discusses the statistics of how much sodium Americans consume annually. The CDC recently stated that 90% of Americans consume TOO MUCH salt. 44% comes from ten foods (bread, cold cuts, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta, meat, and  snacks.) Another 65% comes from processed foods. 25% is from restaurants. 10% is salt that is added at the table. And only 10% exists NATURALLY in foods.

Amazingly, the article also states that $20 billion a year is spent on salt-related chronic disease. This is a ridiculous amount…I believe that Americans should be educated more about the consequences that an excess of sodium can have on their health.

However, the food industry believes that it would be a big problem to reducing sodium in our diets. FoodNavigator-USA.com recently posted articles about sodium in foods.

One site claimed that reducing sodium in foods is “expensive, risky, and difficult.” Another believes that the “risk of slashing sodium levels in cheese could outweigh the benefits” because it would affect the taste which could decrease consumer demand. One article states that consumers are not really demanding lower-sodium products, and since there is not government mandate on reducing the amount of sodium in certain food products, there is little desire for them to change their ways.

The only article that supported the issue of sodium intake was an article titled, “Salt intake during pregnancy may alter heart structure of offspring: rat study.”

Why is this issue not pressed with more urgency? If only 10% of fiber comes from natural foods, we should increase our intake of natural foods. Clearly, processed fiber can not be as beneficial to our health as many think it is.