Do Americans Eat Too Much Salt?

According to a survey by U.S. government researchers, 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much salt.  Most get more than twice the recommended amount.

An estimated 77 percent of dietary sodium comes from processed foods and restaurant foods.

Reuters reports:

“The study said most Americans consume 3,466 milligrams of sodium a day, more than twice the recommended limit ... Eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, which can cause kidney failure and strokes ... [G]rain-based foods account for the biggest proportion of salt in the American diet, providing 36.9 percent of the total average intake”.

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