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New Dietary Guidelines: Less Salt, More Veggies and Fruit

Older Americans should also get more B12

Although this was lauded by at least one medical expert, the American Heart Association issued a statement calling the advice "weak" and saying it was no different from the government's 2005 guidelines. The heart association recommends less than 1,500 mg of salt a day for all Americans.

However, Jane E. Henney, M.D., of the University of Cincinnati and head of a 2010 Institute of Medicine report on U.S. sodium consumption believes anything that lowers Americans' salt consumption "will be helpful in reducing the health consequences, such as the development of hypertension, that is linked to excess sodium intake."

The guidelines were prepared by a committee of nutrition experts who reviewed scientific literature on diet, exercise and nutrition, as well as input from public comments and testimony at a series of public meetings.

Candy Sagon writes about food and nutrition for the Bulletin.

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