​How Much Salt Do We Need Daily?

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June 10, 2011

Most people don’t know how much salt they need on a daily basis. Sodium is good for you, but too much of it can be bad, which is why you should know your intake. Most people use it to season their food and food companies use it as a preservative.

Studies show that we actually get 65-85% of our daily salt intake from our regular foods. Adding more to season it becomes a problem. Health experts say that too much sodium causes blood clots.

The amount of sodium the average adult should consume, according to the US government, is 6 grams daily. The body needs approximately 4.2 grams. So you should be fine consuming a little bit less than the government recommendation.

However, the average American adult consumes about 10-12 grams daily. That’s no surprise in a country that serves a potato as its top choice for vegetables. The french fry is loaded with sodium before it even hits the fryer.

Salt is important because it helps carry nutrients to cells and regulate overall body functions. However, too much can wreak havoc on your cardio vascular system – making your blood pressure go through the roof and stress your blood vessels and organs out.

Try to eat balanced meals with as little salt as possible. Chances are you’re still getting your daily quota from other foods. It’s tempting to put on a little extra, but make sure you don’t go overboard.