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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