Keeping the salt shaker in the cupboard will not solve too much intake of sodium for you, it comes from more than that. According to a new government survey, published October 21, 2011 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Americans are getting too much salt. Studying around 19,000 people from two years and older between 2005 and 2008, should limit daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams.
While that may seem like it’s nearly impossible to consume that much salt, 99% of us are still eating too much. You must do more than not put salt in your food; it comes from other places. Three-fourths of the sodium we consume comes from processed or packaged foods and restaurant foods.
According to the study from the CDC WebMD reported:
“There are two levels of recommended salt intake, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommendations.
People 51 and over, African-Americans, and people with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily to reduce their heightened risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. This is about 48% of the population age 2 years or older.
The CDC report shows that nearly 99% of this group exceeds 1,500 milligrams of salt daily.
All other people age 2 and older should not take in more than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day, according to federal guidelines. Yet, nearly 90% of that group also exceeds the daily recommended level.”
Janelle Gunn, co-author of the report and a public health analyst with the CDC said:
“A lot of people tend to think.’I don’t add salt to my food,’ without realizing that they’ve probably already exceeded-and in some cases probably doubled-their intake before they’ve even picked up the salt-shaker.”
Too much sodium in our diets is dangerous. It causes high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease. With increased risk of high blood pressure comes the risk of heart disease and strokes.
The UK has already implemented a 10 percent reduction of their sodium intake by partnering with the public and private industries. The U.S. has been trying to do the same with our public and private industries with a National Salt Reduction Initiative. More than two dozen food manufacturers and restaurants have pledged and signed the initiative to decrease sodium in their foods by 25 percent by the year 2014. Those restaurants and food manufacturers include: Kraft, Heinz, Goya, and Subway.