- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration proposed new sodium guidelines Wednesday that encourage food companies and restaurants to lower the amount of sodium in the foods they sell. Americans now eat around 3,400 mg of sodium a day, about a third more than the 2,300 mg recommended. FDA’s two-year targets are designed to bring U.S. diets down to about 3000 mg daily, and the 10-year targets are designed to get diets down to the suggested 2,300 mg daily.

Average sodium content per 100 grams, about 3 ½ ounces, in some top-selling foods, and the new target averages for those foods:

Cream cheese spread

Average sodium content in 2010: 401 mg

Two-year target: 380 mg

Ten-tear target: 340 mg

Salad dressing

Average sodium content in 2010: 1,047 mg

Two-year target: 880 mg

Ten-tear target: 590 mg

Canned, condensed soup

Average sodium content in 2010: 581 mg

Two-year target: 520 mg

Ten-tear target: 430 mg

Ready-to-eat cereal, flakes

Average sodium content in 2010: 647 mg

Two-year target: 550 mg

Ten-tear target: 360 mg

White Bread

Average sodium content in 2010: 523 mg

Two-year target: 440 mg

Ten-tear target: 300 mg

Turkey and chicken deli meats

Average sodium content in 2010: 990 mg

Two-year target: 900 mg

Ten-tear target: 780 mg

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