<p><span style="font-family: 'Museo Sans Rounded', MuseoSansRounded-100, Helvetica, Avenir, Arial, sans-serif, Raleway; font-size: 15px;">NEW YORK - APRIL 23 (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION): Salt and pepper shakers are seen in a diner April 23, 2009 in New York City. New York City's health department is discussing regulating the amount of salt used in restaurant food. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)</span></p>
Salt is a magical substance. An essential nutrient, it was once even used as currency. So what’s behind the push to get food makers to reduce sodium — one of salt’s components — in Americans’ diets?
In partnership with the Gastropod podcast, we look at the science and history of salt, and explain how and why the government is trying to lower sodium intake. For more, check out the Gastropod episode of Salt Wars here and FDA’s proposed guidelines here.
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