Sodium levels in packaged and restaurant foods have not fallen much, study finds

May 13, 2013 8:16 PM

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Sodium levels in packaged and restaurant foods have not fallen much, study finds

Sodium levels have not dropped much in packaged and restaurant foods over the last few years, despite industry-wide attempts to reduce salts, according to new research.

The study, which was published on May 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that the average sodium content in 402 packaged foods only decreased 3.5 percent between 2005 and 2011. In addition, 78 items found in chain restaurants increased in sodium during that same time frame by 2.6 percent.

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