Thursday, March 26, 2009
A CDC report finds that 7 out of 10 Americans should restrict their salt consumption, but very few do.
About 145 million U.S. adults are thought to be more sensitive to salt. That group includes anyone with high blood pressure, African-Americans and everyone older than 40.
Experts say people in this group should eat no more than about two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt each day. But estimates released today show only about 10% are meeting that guideline.
Sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, which is major cause of heart disease and stroke. Salt, or sodium chloride, is the main source of sodium for most people.
Health officials estimate that about 80% of the average American's salt intake occurs without them salting their food. It comes from the salt in many packaged and processed foods and meals served in restaurants.