Shaking the Habit
We all know too much sodium is a dietary danger, but the Food and Drug Administration wants restaurants and food companies to take action. The FDA recently issued voluntary guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in prepared foods over the next two and a half years. Driving the new effort: The recommended daily sodium allowance is 2,300 milligrams, but the FDA says the average American consumes about 3,400 mg. Whether you're on a low-salt diet or just want to be proactive, these tips can help you get a head start on lowering your salt intake when you're dining out.