Happy Thanksgiving, because (or if you prefer, even though) your Butterball Turkey Now Has Less Salt.

The makers of Butterball turkey, Twinkies and Wonder Bread have agreed to use less salt in some products as part of a national campaign against high blood pressure.

New York City health officials announced Tuesday that six more big food companies, including Butterball and Hostess, had joined an effort to cut salt levels in packaged foods by 25 percent over the next five years.

The city and other health departments and medical groups across the country are trying to persuade the nation’s food manufacturers to voluntarily use less salt. To date, 22 have signed on to the initiative.

Also joining Tuesday were pretzel and chips maker Snyder’s of Hanover, the sausage maker Premio, the tomato and bean packer Furmano’s and Delhaize America, which operates 1,600 East Coast supermarkets.

Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which can be deadly. By some estimates, cutting the nation’s salt intake by the initiative’s goal of 20 percent could prevent thousands of deaths each year.

Less salt or more, I wish you Happy Thanksgiving.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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