Americans consume more than twice recommended salt intake

March 30th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 30 (IANS) Most Americans consume more than double the amount of their daily recommended salt intake, says a new study.
A study by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention shows that more than two out of three adults are in population groups that should consume no more than 1,500 mg per day of sodium.

During 2005-2006, the estimated average intake of sodium for people in the US aged two or more years was 3,436 mg per day.

A diet high in sodium increases the risk of having higher blood pressure, a major cause for heart disease and stroke, which are the first and third leading causes of death in the US.

“It’s important for people to eat less salt. People who adopt a heart healthy eating pattern that includes a diet low in sodium and rich in potassium and calcium can improve their blood pressure,” said Darwin R. Labarthe, director of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

“Reducing sodium intake can prevent or delay increases in blood pressure for everyone.

“People need to know their recommended daily sodium limit and take action to reduce sodium intake,” Labarthe said. Most of the sodium we eat comes from packaged, processed and restaurant foods.

Nationwide, 16 million men and women have heart disease and 5.8 million are estimated to have had a stroke, said a CDC release.

Choosing foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, when eating out, asking that foods be prepared without added salt, and reading the nutrition label of foods before purchasing can improve health for all adults.

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