What's Your Recommended Sodium Intake?

Now that carb counting and fat phobia are over, cutting back on salt is the #1 nutrition priority. We show you how.

Teaspoon Daily Salt Limit

  • Your Daily Limit:

    • 2,300mg= 1 teaspoon
    America's Average Consumption:
    • 3,400mg

Salt is quickly becoming the new trans fat, the latest nutrition villain. And the odds are more than 50-50 that you're on the list of people who need to watch their salt. The government's 2011 update of the Dietary Guidelines continued to recommend 2,300mg of sodium per day for adults, but there was a huge asterisk: The level for African-Americans, people with hypertension, and anyone over the age of 51 dropped to 1,500mg. That's basically half the population. Yet the average American consumption is 3,400mg.

Why cut salt? Too much sodium can elevate blood pressure, which causes damage throughout the circulatory system, potentially leading to stroke or heart disease. Diets low in sodium and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains help lower blood pressure and keep tickers ticking.

How much do we need?

Is it easy to estimate how much salt you consume?

Where does sodium lurk?

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