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9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium each day

Think that you have your sodium intake under control?

You may want to think again.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Tuesday that a whopping 90 percent of all Americans consume much more than the daily recommended amount of sodium.

Currently, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommends the average individual should consume a limit of 2,300 milligrams per day.  But the average person’s actual sodium consumption per day – 3,300 milligrams, according to the report.  And that doesn’t include salt added at the table.

The Vital Signs report - the CDC’s monthly report of the latest health data -found that a meager 10 types of foods are to blame for more than 40 percent of people’s sodium consumption.  And most of these foods are everyday items found in restaurants or the grocery store.

The most common sources of sodium resemble a typical lunch menu.  Breads and rolls, luncheon meat, pizza, soups, and cheeseburgers top the list, along with cheese, pasta and meat dishes. Fatty snacks such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn were also responsible for a large portion of people’s sodium per day.

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