Nearly all of us eat too much sodium, says CDC report

10/24/2011 6:25:20 AM

Ninety nine percent of Americans who should be watching their sodium, aren't.

Or at least not enough, according to an article released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their cheerily named "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."

And 90 percent of the rest of us who can consume "regular" amounts of sodium (meaning 2,300 mgs a day) aren't meeting the mark either, according to the 2005 to 2008 data used to compile the report.

High sodium consumption, the CDC notes, increases risk of high blood pressure and subsequent heart disease and stroke, but Americans don't seem to be taking government recommendations on sodium seriously.

Thus, the agency has determined that new "population-based strategies and increased public health efforts will be needed to meet the Dietary Guidelines." Folks may also need to start laying off the processed and prepared foods as they--not the salt shaker at home--are the major sodium contributors to our diets.

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