Sodium in Packaged Foods—12% Decrease Over 15 Years

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The sodium content of packaged foods and beverages purchased by Americans has decreased substantially over the past several years, reports a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In the 2000–2014 Nielsen Home- scan Consumer Panel, a nationally representative sample of 172,042 US households used a barcode scanner to report all packaged food purchases. The researchers examined trends in the sodium content of purchased foods, and in the percentage of households buying products with optimal sodium density (1.1 mg/kcal or less).

During the period studied, the amount of sodium obtained from packaged foods and beverages decreased by 396 mg/d—from 2363 to