Setting Lower Limits On Salt

The average American takes in 3436 mg of sodium every day. That's nearly 9 grams of salt, and almost two-thirds more than what the government recommends as a sensible maximum limit (2300 mg a day). These findings were published in the Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report and run contrary to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's well-publicized warnings about the health risks of excessive salt consumption. As a result, the CDC has lowered the recommended sodium limit to 1500 mg, less than 4 grams a day, for 69% of the population.

The Bigger Picture: Since the majority of your salt intake is likely consumed through packaged foods and restaurant meals, it's a good idea for at risk groups – including everyone over the age of 40 – to limit those types of meals. When eating out, you can ask that your food be prepared without salt or select fresh fruits and vegetables. It's also a good idea to make a habit of reading the nutrition facts panel on all prepared/packaged foods.
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