New Study shows that Americans Consume Too Much Sodium

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 88% of U.S. children and adults digest more sodium per day than the recommended amount. It is recommended by the U.S.department of Agriculture to consume 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, but the report suggests that the average American intake is 3,513 milligrams.  That is a whooping 53% the suggested limit.

It is even worse for those who should consume less than 2,300 milligrams. For example, people over 50, African Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease should only take 1,500 milligrams, but 99% of them surpass the recommended amount with most of them doubling their limit!

Eating a lot of food with high sodium could lead to high blood pressure which consequently leads to heart attacks and strokes.

The government is issuing a National Salt Reduction Initiative to reduce sodium in food by 25% before 2015 rolls around. More than 24 restaurant chains and food manufacturers have signed up for this initiative such as Kraft, Heinz, and Subway.

What do you think of this study?

Read original article here—courtesy of Cnn.com

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