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Published April 14, 2010, 10:45 AM

General Mills to Cut Sodium in Products

General Mills Inc. says it will cut the amount of sodium by 20 percent in a number of its cereals, soups, snacks and other products by 2015.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - General Mills Inc. says it will cut the

amount of sodium by 20 percent in a number of its cereals, soups,

snacks and other products by 2015.

General Mills, which makes foods such as Cheerios cereal and

Progresso soup, is the latest of several major food makers to

reduce the salt in its foods as regulators and consumers push for

healthier products.

The company, based in Minneapolis, said Tuesday that the

reductions will affect about 600 items - roughly 40 percent of its

products.

Health experts say Americans eat too much salt, the vast

majority of it in processed food. That excess is dangerous because

salt contributes to high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke,

kidney disease, heart disease or heart failure.

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