“Hold the salt or anything with more sodium” may be your New Year’s Resolution. Nearly all Americans – regardless of age, race, gender or whether they have high blood pressure (hypertension) – eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Even if you don’t add salt to your food at the table, the CDC’s latest findings show that more than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults aged 19 and older eat too much sodium — more than the recommended limits in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The newly released guidelines are based on current scientific evidence and released every five years. The new guidelines recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day for people over the age of 14 and less for those younger.
If you like salt in your food, the CDC research still links excess salt to high blood pressure and other health problems.
“The finding that nine of ten adults and children still consume too much salt is alarming,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “The evidence is clear: too much sodium in our foods leads to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Reducing sodium in manufactured and restaurant foods will give consumers more choice and save lives.”
Source: CDC News Release