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Excess sodium consumption is an important cause of hypertension. Center for Science in the Public Interest staff have monitored sodium levels in selected processed foods and fast-food restaurant foods for many years. Jacobson et al compare the levels of sodium for identical products ascertained in 2005, 2008, and 2011. See the Editorial by Katz.
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