The National Academy of Science is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to set national standards for salt added to foods.
Salt intake has been associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart disease and stroke.
The Health and Human Services recommends that adults limit their daily salt intake to 2,300 milligrams: about 1 teaspoon. If you are over 40, are African-American or have high blood pressure, you shouldn’t have more than 1,500 mg a day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 percent of adults fall into one or more of these three categories.
The average American consumes far more, however, eating about 3,900 milligrams of sodium a day. In a study last month from Stanford University, researchers found that reducing the country’s salt intake by 9.5 percent could reduce nearly half a million strokes and heart attacks and save more than $32 billion in medical costs over the lifetime of adults.
Until standards are set to encourage the reduction of salt intake, it would be a good idea for every one to salt limiting salt intake on their own.