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Drop it! (The salt shaker, that is)

May 17, 2010 | 11:27 am

We're been warned for years to lay off the salt. Now, under growing pressure from doctors, consumers, states and advocacy groups, big-name food companies are slashing sodium from soups, potato chips, sauces, condiments and other products.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intent to reduce salt in the American diet, beginning with a call for voluntary cutbacks from the food industry. New York City has spearheaded a National Salt Reduction Initiative, and, as part of it, 16 companies (including Starbucks, Subway, Boar's Head and Mars) so far have signed on to voluntarily reduce sodium levels in their foods by 25% over the next five years. Read more here, and tell us what you think. Is this a good idea? Or should the FDA mind its own business?

Photo credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times