CDC: Nearly all Americans consume too much sodium

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More than 90% of children and 89% of adults consume too much sodium, that is, more than the recommended limits in the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The guidelines recommend less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. The study found excess sodium intake is a problem across gender, race and health status. Adults with hypertension consumed slightly less sodium than other adults, but 86% of them still consumed too much. “The evidence is clear: too much sodium in our foods leads to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D.

Topic: Community Health
Tag: prevention

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