The average American eats nearly twice the amount of recommended sodium per day. And that puts them at risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. According to the journal Institute of Medicine, we're actually eating almost three times too much salt.
Most of the sodium we get comes from commercially processed foods, like luncheon meats and spaghetti sauce. The U.S. government currently recommends no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, which is about a teaspoon full. But the new study cuts it back to 1,500. Well, how much salt is that? If you had a Big Mac, Diet Coke, and Supersize fries, you'd be over your daily limit by 17 milligrams.
But even if you're eating "real" food, you'll still hit 1,500 milligrams of salt really fast. Just eating milk and cereal, a baloney sandwich, a cup of soup and a salad with dressing will put you 75 milligrams over the limit.
So, if you're trying to cut back on sodium, eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, and stay away from pre-packaged food. If you'd like more information, we've got a link set up for you over at Tesh .com.