Posted on February 21, 2012
Average American sodium intake = 3,200+ mg/day
Recommended sodium intake = 2,300 mg/day
Recommended sodium intake for those with high blood pressure, diabetes or age 51 and older (6 of every 10 Americans are found in this category) = 1,500 mg/day
“Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the United States and are largely dependent on the high rate of high blood pressure.”
“One of the things that is driving blood pressure up is that most adults in this country eat or drink about twice the amount of sodium as is recommended.
“Most of that extra sodium comes from common grocery store and restaurant items and a very small proportion from the salt shaker at the table.”
– Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, CDC Director
It’s easy to think we don’t get that much sodium, but it does add up, especially if you eat out a lot and if you eat a lot of processed foods. Start cutting back today for potentially better health tomorrow, and beyond.
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