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New CDC report says most people consume too much sodium

New CDC report says most people consume too much sodium

According to the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" published January 8, 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 89 percent of adults exceed the recommended daily sodium intake. This number raises public health concerns as high sodium intake is associated with hypertension and the development of cardiovascular diseases, which now occur among 29 percent of U.S. adults and is the leading cause of premature death.

To determine the national trends for sodium consumption, the CDC analyzed data from 14,728 participants in the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). In addition to finding that 89 percent of adults exceeded recommended sodium levels, the survey also found that over 90 percent of children also consumed too much sodium and that 86 percent of already hypertensive adults still had too much sodium in their diet. Numbers also differed between men and women, with 98 percent of men having consumed too much sodium compared to 80 percent of women. Overall, the highest sodium consumption occurred in adults between the ages of 19 and 50.

These numbers have remained generally consistent, suggesting that sodium consumption and content hasn't changed much in the past decade. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that people over the age of 14 consume less than 2,300 mg of dietary sodium a day, and even less for children ages 2 to 13. Because high sodium intake is so widespread, the Institute of Medicine has recommended a reduction in sodium content in food. Excess sodium is often added to foods during commercial processing, and foods like bread, deli meats, pizza, poultry, soups and cheese are among the top sources for sodium in the U.S.

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