CDC: Reduce Salt in Your Diet

Posted on March 29, 2009  Comments (2)

USA Center for Disease Control: Application of Lower Sodium Intake Recommendations for Adults, 1999-2006 study

In 2005-2006, an estimated 29% of U.S. adults had hypertension (i.e., high blood pressure), and another 28% had prehypertension. The estimated average intake of sodium for those in the United States over 2 years old was 3,436 mg/day while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture recommended adults should consume no more than 2,300 mg/day of sodium (equal to approximately 1 tsp of salt), but those in specific groups (i.e., all persons with hypertension, all middle-aged and older adults, and all blacks) should consume no more than 1,500 mg/day of sodium (69% of U.S. adults should consume no more than !,500 mg/day). There is substantial evidence linking greater sodium intake to higher blood pressure.

Sodium reduction is recommended for persons with hypertension and as a first line of intervention for persons with prehypertension. Public health actions to reduce sodium intake likely will include reducing the sodium content of processed foods; encouraging consumption of more low-sodium foods, such as fruits and vegetables; and providing more relevant information about sodium in food labeling.

The current daily percentage value for sodium in the nutrition facts panel of packaged foods is based on a previous federal guideline of 2,400 mg/day and is likely to mislead the majority of consumers, for whom the 1,500 mg/day limit is applicable.

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2 Responses to “CDC: Reduce Salt in Your Diet”

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    July 1st, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    Most people know we eat far too much salt and that it is killing lots of us. It is still amazing that we have over 100,000 people in the USA every year die this way and yet we barely pay attention…

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