In an effort to address concerns over salt content, the H.J. Heinz Company announced at the end of last week that it will change its ketchup recipe (earlier this year, the ketchup packet got a makeover). Heinz will cut the amount of sodium by 15 percent -- the first change to its iconic, market-leading ketchup in 40 years.
This decision comes in the wake of last month's news that the Food and Drug Administration hopes to work with the food industry to cut the amount of salt in processed foods and eventually regulate the amount of salt allowed legally. Critics worry that with a different formula, the new ketchup will fail to live up to their expectations. Supporters suggest that Americans' salt intake is unsustainable and a number of health issues, including a rise in hypertension and heart attacks, require us to decrease our sodium intake. What do you think?
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