Majority of US Adults have Sodium Intake Higher than RDA

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) reported that 90 percent of US adults consume too much sodium or salt daily. The bulk of the sodium comes from eating restaurant foods and certain grocery food items.

The CDC’s Vital Signs report declared that the 10 kinds of foods add up to over 40 percent of the daily sodium intake. The biggest culprit is breads, luncheon meats, pizzas, poultry, soups, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, and meat dishes, and snack foods. The meat dishes can include meat loaf. The snack food items include food such as potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn. The sodium intake can continue to increase as the person eats multiple servings of the food daily, such as with bread.

Around 65 percent of the sodium that is consumed by Americans comes from food sold at stores. Around 25 percent of the sodium comes from eating meals at restaurants.

CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. explained that consuming too much sodium can raise blood pressure, and therefore increases the chance for heart disease or stroke. He said that heart disease and strokes kills over 800,000 Americans yearly and adds up to around $273 billion in health care expenses.

The CDC reports that sodium intake should be no more than 2,300 milligrams daily, and for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, African American, and those over 51 years of ages should limit the sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day. Currently the average American consumes around 3,300 milligrams of sodium daily.

The CDC report suggests that reducing the sodium amounts in the 10 most common sources by 25 percent would reduce sodium intake by 10 percent (around 330 milligrams). They believe this reduction in sodium could prevent the deaths of 28,000 people every year.

People that are looking to reduce sodium content can eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and avoid foods that have added sodium such as with processed food products. Consumers can check sodium contents on the label and pick one with a lower sodium amount.

Kraft foods has already committed to reducing their sodium content on an average of 10 percent over the next two years explained Dr. Frieden. Other companies are also joining the national initiative to reduce sodium, which is not currently mandated by the government.

More information is available about the amount of sodium content is in foods and how to reduce daily intake at the www.cdc.gov/salt website.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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