The recommendation for daily sodium intake is 1500-2300 mg. Those with certain heart conditions should adhere to 1500 mg a day, while generally healthy adults should get no more than 2300 mg a day.
According to the CDC (2021), most Americans get more than 3400 mg a day! What’s more, 71% of our sodium intake actually comes from foods off the shelf, and not from the salt shaker (CDC, 2021). These would be foods like chips, crackers, dressings, sauces, lunch meat, frozen foods, etc.
Choosing whole foods, low sodium options of shelf foods, and getting plenty of fiber in your diet are great ways to help keep your sodium down.
~Kaylee Brown, Registered Dietitian