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Atlanta, Ga. — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Thursday released news that Americans still consume too much salt. CDC director Tom Frieden termed the findings “alarming” that nine out of ten Americans adults and children still consume too much salt. The director blames manufactured and restaurant food for America’s high salt consumption rate.
High salt intake contributes to high blood pressure and resulting heat attacks and strokes, Frieden said.
According to the latest findings, more than 90 per cent of children and 89 per cent of adults, age 19 and older eat too much sodium as recommended in 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans that recommends a limit of 2,300 mg per day for those 14 and older and less for those younger. This does not include salt added at home.
The study shows more men than women consume too much salt — 90 per cent men to 89 percent women. Adult whites 90 per cent eat more sodium than adult blacks 85 per cent; adults diagnosed with hypertension eat slightly less, but still 86 per cent of them consume too much. The study shows that salt consumption figures have not improved over the last decade.
For complete information on the CDC’s findings and recommendations regarding salt, click HERE.