Halt the Salt for a Healthier Heart
Most American adults (and children, too) are eating too much sodium. In fact, we are eating an average of about 3,400 mg of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, recommend reducing sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day. Eating too much sodium increases your risk for high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. Processed foods account for most of the sodium in our diet, not the salt shaker at home. When shopping at the grocery store, look for the lowest-sodium versions of your favorite foods.
–Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention