Current dietary guidelines recommend that adults in general should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. However, if you are in the following population groups, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg per day.
- You are 40 years of age or older.
- You are African American.
- You have high blood pressure.
A new CDC report shows that two out of three (69%) adults in the United States fall into these three groups and are at especially high risk for health problems from too much sodium. In addition to safeguarding against heart diease and stroke, eating less sodium can help prevent, lower, or even control blood pressure.
Most of the sodium we eat comes from packaged, processed, store-bought and restaurants foods. Only about 5% comes from salt added during cooking and about 6% comes from being added at the table. Be conscientious about checking the labels on food products and adding up the milligrams of sodium. If at a restaurant, ask for the nutritional information facts that include sodium.
Source: Mattes, RD, Donnelly, D. Relative contributions of dietary sodium sources. Journal of the American College of Nutrition.