Should the Government Regulate Foods' Salt Content?

Citing health concerns, a panel has recommended the FDA to regulate salt content.

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A medical advisory panel has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration require food makers and restaurants to cut sodium levels, in an effort to combat ailments such as hypertension and heart disease. Advocates, like Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, say that the action would save thousands of lives. But others, like John Tate, president of the Campaign for Liberty, would leave the responsibility with consumers. He calls the idea another excuse to justify Washington's "ever expanding intervention into our lives."

What do you think? Should the government regulate Americans' sodium intake? Or is the amount of salt we consume our own business? Take our poll and post your thoughts below, then read the debate in U.S. News Weekly, our digital magazine.

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