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Most adults should cap sodium at 1,500 milligrams.

Four years ago, Americans were told to cut back on their sodium intake to bring it below 2,300 milligrams(mg)/day, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The recommendation came with a little side note that a select group of people--those with hypertension, African-Americans, and middle-aged and older adults--should restrict their intake even further, to 1,500 mg/day.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 69.2 percent of U.S. adults are in the group advised to limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg/day, based on CDC's study of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. Compare this recommendation with the estimated average intake of 3,425 mg/day of sodium for people in the US age two years and older. It seems it's time for more people to face the music about cutting sodium.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 27, 2009

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Title Annotation:Just In
Publication:Environmental Nutrition
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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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