This chart, from Next Generation Food, shows the crazy high amounts of salt in the stuff we eat (larger version here). Those red triangles represent the salt in various fast food items, and that's the big culprit. Overall, Americans get about twice as much salt as is recommended by the FDA. That causes heart problems.
But here's interesting news: The FDA is now considering imposing a legal limit on the amount of salt in our foods.
In a complicated undertaking, the FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of other products that make up the $600 billion food and beverage market, sources said. Working with food manufacturers, the government would set limits for salt in these categories, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers barely notice the modification.Watch out. Big government coming to take away your heart disease.
Via Kevin Drum