The public is well-aware, by now, of the health-related diseases associated with high-fat, high-sodium processed foods -- but how concerned do we really need to be? The FDA is concerned enough to change their policies on sodium levels in food production.
Diet impacts the development of chronic diseases. When it comes to sodium, excess consumption leads to a much greater risk of developing health conditions, namely cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. The FDA notes that these conditions disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minority groups.