Salt in Diet

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Most Americans consume more salt than they need. You may not be aware of just how much sodium is in your diet. Dr. Edward Hill discusses sodium intake recommendations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You have probably heard this message many times beforelower your salt intake.

Table salt is made up of a chemical compound called sodium chloride. The sodium portion of salt is responsible for its health concerns. High sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a dayabout one teaspoon of salt. People age 51 or older, and African Americans of any age with chronic conditionsshould limit themselves to 1,500 milligrams a day. Adults currently consume an estimated average of 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day.

Eat salt in moderation. Most salt in the diet is invisible and is contained in processed and restaurant foods. Eat out less often and eat less prepared or packaged foods.

Reading labels on prepared foods to look for sodium content per serving also helps. It is generally healthier to cook using fresh foods rather than buying already prepared or packaged foods.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.