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How much sodium (salt) can I consume per day?

It is estimated that the average adult consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, but the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a healthy adult should not eat more than about 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day or about one teaspoon of salt.

However, the Dietary Guidelines also recommend no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily for at-risk populations such as African-Americans, any person with hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and any person over 51 years of age. This is significant as this lower recommendation would apply to nearly 70 percent of US adults.

Americans eat on average about 3,300 milligrams of sodium a day. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day. If you are in the following population groups, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day, and meet the potassium recommendation (4,700 mg/day) with food.

  • You are 51 years of age or older.
  • You are African American.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have chronic kidney disease.

About 6 in 10 adults should limit intake to 1,500 mg.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.