According to a recent article published in Web MD, Americans are consuming 2.3 times the amount of salt recommended by the FDA. And I would argue that the current recommendations are way too high as it is!
New data show that the average U.S. adult consumes one-and-a-half teaspoons of salt every day. That’s a half teaspoon more than the basic daily recommendation of one teaspoon (about 2,300 milligrams of sodium).
But the recommendation is much lower for people with high blood pressure, people over 40, and all African-American adults. These groups should be eating no more than two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt (about 1,500 milligrams of sodium) per day.
More than two out of three Americans — some 145.5 million of us — are in those categories, the CDC now calculates.”
So what happens when you get too much sodium? The Mayo Clinic sums it up nicely:
If your kidneys can’t eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume, in turn, makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, increasing pressure in your arteries. Certain diseases such as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, and chronic kidney disease can lead to an inability to regulate sodium.”
This one is really simple… if you think you’re getting too much salt, you’re probably getting way too much salt! So follow my most popular recommendation and stick to the whole foods (veggies, fruit, etc. etc.) Oh, and if you think it’s a toss-up, I challenge you to write down how much you get… it may shock you.
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