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.

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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