Health ministry officials and leaders of the national food chamber are scheduled to announce today plans to reduce sodium in commercial products.
The chamber is the Cámara Costarricense de la Industria Alimentaria. The health ministry said in an announcement that food processing companies would agree to reduce sodium voluntarily and in a progressive fashion. Sodium usually is considered to be salt, sodium chloride.
Salt is essential to life, but too much can have serious health
consequences, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A lot of processed meat products have large amounts of salt. The FDA says that only 11 percent of the salt consumed by Americans comes from adding it at the dinner table.
Not all sodium is salt, either, the FDA warns: Some common food additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium nitrite, and sodium benzoate also contain sodium.