ILSI at ICN: Thursday, 19 October, 08:00 – 10:00

Sodium Reduction & Considerations with Mineral Intakes

This session was sponsored by ILSI North America.

Globally, many governments and NGOs recommend reducing sodium intakes, to reduce blood pressure in adults and children, and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and coronary heart disease in adults (WHO, 2012). Extensive debate continues on how to lower sodium intakes of populations. Outcomes of a US workshop was shared on challenges and opportunities in sodium reduction, that connected the nutrition and public health communities.  The variety of microbial and functional roles sodium plays across different food categories presents challenges, while innovations in food science and technology help provide some solutions. PAHO efforts to support sodium reduction in the Americas will be shared. Reductions in sodium intake in the food supply need to consider impact on other nutrients such as potassium, which has a beneficial effect on blood pressure, and as an ingredient, unintended technological effects. Findings regarding sodium and mineral intakes in the US, and relationship to blood pressure were reviewed.

Challenges and Opportunities in Sodium Reduction in the US

Christine Taylor, PhD (Session Chair)
US Food and Drug Administration (Retired), USA

Progress on Sodium Reduction in the Americas

Mary L'Abbe, PhD
The University of Toronto, Canada


Modeling the Relationship of Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium Intakes to Blood Pressure

Connie Weaver, PhD
Purdue University, USA