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US Salt intake ~ No change in 40 years

In 1977, The US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs issued the 1st edition of Dietary Goals for the United States. One of the recommendations was to: “Reduce salt consumption by about 50 to 85 percent to approximately 3 grams per day”. This equated to 1,200 milligrams of sodium, which is the element of salt (sodium chloride) implicated as a contributory factor for the development of hypertension. This is slightly below the current sodium recommendations of the American Heart Association of <1,500 milligrams per day but is half what the Institute of Medicine set out as a target for the US population in its most recent report on dietary guidelines (2,300 milligrams per day). Whatever the figure, which the public is blissfully ignorant of, a campaign to lower salt intake has been in operation now for almost 50 years. Two recent papers have looked at the pattern of salt intake in the US over that period.
Measuring salt intake in our diet is very difficult because, over …