Too Much Salt

If you don’t have too much sodium in your diet, you’re part of a small minority, at least according to the U.S. government.

More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults eat more sodium than recommended int he 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, said a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That doesn’t include salt added at the table. It does include people in all sorts of categories — the figures hold true regardless of age, race, gender or whether individuals have high blood pressure, according to the report published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Researchers used data from the 2009-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and included nearly 15,000 people in reaching their conclusions.

In a news release, CDC director Tom Frieden called the findings “alarming.” “The evidence is clear: Too much sodium in our foods leads to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” he said.

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