The government is doing it’s best to cut excess spending, the budget, and now… salt.
The new guidelines recommend limiting salt intake to 2,300 milligrams, or one teaspoon. However, people over 51, African-Americans, and people with a history of hypertension, diabetes, or kidney problems, are now urged to only consume half a teaspoon a day.
If you’re like us, you may be worried that this guideline is nearly impossible to follow. And you’re pretty much right — limiting salt intake to one or a half a teaspoon is really difficult, especially if you’re eating a lot of pre-packaged foods.
Said Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University:
"Most of that salt comes from processed, packaged pre-prepared foods. So, cutting back a little bit on that and doing some more home-food preparation will make a big difference. I think it is attainable. It's within reach of many, if not most Americans."
If you think your salt intake is too high, take some time to look at labels and figure out how much you’re eating each day. More than a teaspoon is too much, and if you’re maxing out, try cooking your own meals and using fresh ingredients. And DON’T add any extra salt!
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