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Vast Majority Of American Adults Consume Way Too Much Salt

June 25, 2010: 10:27 PM EST
Ninety percent of American adults eat an unhealthy amount of salt, mostly from high-calorie processed and restaurant foods, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in a new report. The problem is that salt is added in processing and preparation of soups, sauces, canned vegetables, french fries, salads and other foods. According to the CDC, U.S. adults consume an unhealthy average of 3,466 mg of sodium every day, most of which comes from food categories that are also high in calories, such as grain-based frozen meals and soups, and breads. CDC recommended that blacks, the middle-aged, and people with high blood pressure should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. All other adults should limit salt intake to 2,300 mg a day.
CDC, "Sodium Intake Among Adults --- United States, 2005-2006", CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 25, 2010, © CDC
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