Is Salt a Safe Ingredient?

By Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

At present, salt is classified as “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS). That means that the food industry is not limited in the amounts of salt it can add to processed foods.

Because of the hazards of excess sodium consumption, the US Food and Drug Administration is being pressured to revoke salt’s GRAS status. This revocation would mean that the food industry would have to petition the FDA to approve the use of salt as a food additive at specified levels in different types of food.

Unfortunately, economic forces and the economic power of the food industry stand in the way of this much-needed change in our governmental policy.

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