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Lowering Sodium in the Food Supply

Lowering Sodium in the Food Supply

Here are some simple ways you took action for the campaign to reduce sodium on the food supply:

You wrote letters to the President of Mars Food to celebrate their leadership role in supporting the release of FDA voluntary sodium targets.

As a part of their new commitments, Mars Food is taking a broad approach to making their foods healthier. Mars Food based their nutrition criteria on recommendations from the World Health Organization. They have committed to:

  • Reduce sodium by an average of 20% by 2021
  • Lessen added sugar in some sauces and meals by 2018
  • Expand grain options to ensure that 50% of rice foods include whole grains and legumes
  • Ensure that tomato-based foods include at least one serving of veggies

Mars also highlighted their support for the FDA to release targets on how much sodium is appropriate for different foods, building on the recommendations from this year’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Releasing these standards would help all companies have clear goals to work toward. And, if food companies adopted voluntary targets, this would ultimately level the playing field and provide consumers with better food choices. We agree!


We told Kraft it’s time to Break Up with Salt!

Nearly 80% of the sodium you eat every day is hidden from you – put in the foods you enjoy without any way for you to control how much you’re getting.

Kraft has shown an interest in sodium reduction in the past, and hearing from concerned consumers like you will help motivate them to keep up their efforts.

By writing letters, you let Kraft know you plan to purchase foods with less sodium in them, and that you’re watching to see what they do!


Supporters gave kudos to General Mills for achieving their 20% sodium reduction goal in 7 of 10 food categories.

If you’re trying to reduce the sodium your family eats, packaged food giant General Mills has got your back! Earlier this year the company announced meeting a 20% sodium reduction goal in seven food categories. AHA sodium pledgers sent more than 1,400 letters to the CEO of General Mills through this action!


Pledgers supported sodium improvements in school meals made by Dominos, Schwann’s, and Revolution Foods.

Among many companies, Revolution Foods, Schwan’s, and Domino’s are offering lower sodium foods for school lunches. Revolution Foods even has a pizza that meets sodium standards targeted for the 2022 school year! Their leadership is helping to ensure that our children eat healthier. Now, that’s something we can be happy about.


Supporters sent love to NYC.

Supporters sent love to NYC as the Board of Health voted unanimously in support of the proposal to place a warning icon on restaurant menu items exceeding 2,300 mg of sodium.

Almost 25 percent of the sodium in Americans’ diets comes from restaurant foods. Most of that sodium is added by the restaurant or its ingredient supplier before it gets to your table. We deserve the right to choose how much sodium we eat. However, that decision is often being made for us by the food industry in some restaurant and prepackaged foods. Supporters reached more than 400,000 people on social media through this action.


Pledgers celebrated with us.

Aramark and AHA announced they are working together as part of the Healthy for Life 20 by 20 Initiative.

AHA and Aramark are working together on menu commitments to reduce calories, saturated fat and sodium levels by 20%, and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains by 20%. Now, that’s something we can be 100% happy about.


Supporters sent more than 1,000 letters to Nestlé.

Supporters sent more than 1,000 letters to Nestlé after the food company announced it would reduce sodium in some of its frozen pizzas and snacks, without affecting their taste!

The multinational food company Nestlé announced it would reduce sodium in some of its frozen pizzas and snacks. The sodium rollbacks will affect more than 250 of the company’s products sold in the U.S., including some items under the familiar brand names DiGiorno®, Hot Pockets®, and Lean Pockets®.


Supporters signed a petition to lower the high salt levels in school meals.

Public health celebrated a major victory when the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law in 2010. For the first time in a generation, the nutrition standards for foods served in schools were updated to reflect the latest nutrition science. Given that most children get 50 percent or more of their calories in schools, making sure these foods are healthy is critical to their health and well-being. At least 36,000 supporters took action and signed this petition.

>What will members of the sodium campaign do next? Find out by joining us, and taking action so that we can all lead healthier lives!

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