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Tips For Reducing Your Salt Intake

If you’re trying to cut down on your consumption of salt, clearing the salt shaker off your kitchen table might not be the most effective approach. According to a study published in the journal Circulation, only about 10% of the salt consumed by American adults comes from home cooking, including 5% added to food at the table.
Food diaries kept by a sampling of 450 adults found that 71% of salt intake came from restaurant meals and processed foods like bread, crackers and soups. Salt naturally occurring in foods accounted for 14% of dietary sodium, and salt from tap water and supplements amounted to less than 1%. On average, subjects consumed about 3,500 mg of sodium per day, well over the recommended 2,300 mg per day limit.