Like salt? FDA wants you eating less of it

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is lowering its voluntary sodium guidelines, but the number is still well above recommended levels

Over the next two-and-a-half years, the FDA wants to lower Americans’ average sodium intake to 3,000 milligrams per day.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

Registered Dietician Sheena Gregg said consuming too much salt can raise blood pressure, cause kidney disease, heart disease and increase the risk for heart attack or stroke.

If you’re watching your sodium intake, avoid beverages like soda and heavily processed foods. Instead, fill up on green, leafy vegetables, lean meats and fuilt.

“If we are reducing our sodium intake, we could actually see an improvement in our diabetes if we are diabetic,” Gregg said. “There may also be a difference in our energy levels. We may even notice some weight loss because we have less water retention that’s happening from having a high sodium diet.”

Gregg said about 70% of the salt people consume comes from pre-made or packaged foods.

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