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World's Largest Fast-Food Chain Slashes Salt in Sandwiches

Subway(NEW YORK) -- Subway, the world's largest fast-food chain, announced Monday it is cutting the amount of salt in its "Fresh Fit" sandwiches by 28 percent. This is on top of the 15 percent of sodium the company already removed from its core sandwiches.

"Sodium intake around the world is growing, and since high sodium intake is linked to hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease, we knew it was important to try to reduce the sodium in our menu items," Lanette Kovachi, corporate dietitian at Subway, told ABC News. "We have made significant reductions already, but we plan to reduce even more."

The federal government recommends that the majority of Americans consume 1,500 milligrams of salt per day, and even with the cuts, most of Subway's sandwiches would still account for more than half of a person's recommend daily amount of sodium. If an individual chooses to eat a 12-inch sandwich from Subway, the sandwich would likely exceed the federal government's recommendation.

How Subway has changed from 2009 to 2011 (amount of sodium in milligrams):

Fresh Fit

6-Inch Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki: 2009 - 1,200 mg vs. 2011 - 900 mg
6-Inch Turkey Breast: 2009 - 1,000 mg vs. 2011 - 810 mg
6-Inch Oven Roasted Chicken: 2009 - 830 mg vs. 2011 - 640 mg

Non Fresh Fit

6-Inch Chicken Bacon Ranch: 2009 - 1,390 mg vs. 2011 - 1,080 mg
6-Inch Italian BMT: 2009 - 1,770 mg vs. 2011 - 1,500 mg
6-Inch Tuna: 2009 - 1,010 mg vs. 2011 - 830 mg

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