Only positives for reduced sodium intake
Congress is currently considering legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs, including nutrition standards for school meals. The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee’s bill takes a measured, bipartisan approach, addressing children’s health needs with respect to sodium reduction while providing flexibility to school food programs that need more time to reduce sodium levels.
Unfortunately, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s discussion draft bill dismisses that reasoned approach and guts the sodium standard. Moreover, it presents a disingenuous picture about the science behind sodium reduction in children. The discussion draft cherry-picks which studies can be considered when setting sodium standards and ignores what expert scientists and medical professionals use when analyzing the evidence of nutrition science. That evidence — or what we call the preponderance of evidence — supports current nutrition standards that reduce sodium intake as a means to lower blood pressure and prevent its adverse health consequences.