Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet

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Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

A high-sodium diet is deadly. And yet, about 90% of Americans 2 years old or older consume too much sodium. From packaged foods, fast foods and especially meals at table-service restaurants - salt is everywhere in our diets. Uncontrolled sodium consumption is linked to as many as 100,000 deaths in the United States and billions of dollars in avoidable health-care costs each year.

Why hasn't salt received the sort of public attention and regulatory action that sugar and fat have? Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., answers this question in his latest book Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet. Jacobson is the Co-Founder and Senior Scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 5:30 p.m., join our virtual author talk with Michael F. Jacobson, as he explains how the American food industry and a small group of scientists have successfully fought government efforts to reduce dangerous levels of sodium in our food. Jacobson will be interviewed by Laura Reiley, business of food reporter at the Washington Post.

This program will stream live on the Library's Facebook and Youtube pages.