260.083 Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles, Reducing the Population Burden of Cardiovascular Disease by Reducing Sodium Intake

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Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles - Reducing the Population Burden of Cardiovascular Disease by Reducing Sodium Intake: The Texas Medical Association supports the AMA's efforts to: (1) Call for a stepwise, minimum 50 percent reduction in sodium in processed foods, fast food products, and restaurant meals to be achieved over the next decade. Food manufacturers and restaurants should review their product lines and reduce sodium levels to the greatest extent possible (without increasing levels of other unhealthy ingredients). Gradual but steady reductions over several years may be the most effective way to minimize sodium levels. (2) Urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke the "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) status of salt, and to develop regulatory measures to limit sodium in processed and restaurant foods. (3) To assist in achieving the Healthy People 2010 goal for sodium consumption, work with the FDA, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and other interested partners to educate consumers about the benefits of long-term, moderate reductions in sodium intake. (4) Discuss with the FDA ways to improve labeling to assist consumers in understanding the amount of sodium contained in processed food products, and to develop label markings and warnings for foods high in sodium. (5) Recommend that the FDA consider all options to promote reductions in the sodium content of processed foods.

TMA supports the AMA's efforts to urge FDA regulation of sodium. TMA further supports recommendations of the Texas Public Health Coalition, including measures to label foods and post nutrition information.

TMA will promote educational efforts for members and consumers about the risks of dietary sodium and ways to reduce consumption (CSA Rep. 2-A-09).

Last Updated On

August 03, 2017