Welch Center Director, Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH, was quoted in an article that appeared in the Science section of the New York Times on Sunday, August 26th. The article by Douglas Quenqua titled "As Restaurants Cut Salt, Some See Reasons to Pass" was occasioned by a decision by the Boston Market chain to remove salt shakers from the tables at its restaurants and replace them with signs announcing the company's efforts to cut sodium intake.
Dr. Appel, whose research on salt consumption led to his serving as chairman of the salt committee for the 2010 United States Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines, has been quoted on the subject by the New York Times in the past. He was consulted for this article to explain the difficulties in measuring sodium in precise ways and the obstacles to conducting large-scale controlled trials of the effects of salt intake on specific measures of health.
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