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How much salt or sodium can I have in a day?

How much salt or sodium can I have in a day?

Limit your sodium to less than 2300 milligrams per day.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 2300 mg of sodium per day. This is equivalent to about 1 teaspoon of salt.

The average American consumes between 2900 and 4300 mg per day.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends consuming less than 1500 mg of sodium if you are:

  • Taking blood pressure medication or have high blood pressure
  • 40 years of age or older
  • African American

If you fall into one of these three groups, you are among the estimated 70% of American adults who are more susceptible to the effects of sodium. Reducing your intake of sodium could help you avoid or reduce high blood pressure.

Sources:
New Reasons to be Wary of Hidden Salt: May 2009: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter
Centers for Disease Control
American Heart Association



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