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What Is The Right Amount Of Sodium For A Healthy Diet?

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Ashley Koff

Someone must have heard about the CDC's report that found 88% American's consume an average of 53% more sodium than they should on a daily basis!

A FitPerez reader wants to know what the right amount is and consulted Ashley Koff, R.D., asking:

What’s the right amount of sodium in the diet?

According to Ashley:

There isn't an RDA, but we do use an "adequate intake" to demonstrate how small the need is. Specifically: from 0-6 mo (120 mg); from 7-12 mo (370-1g - I think 1g is pretty high unless it’s a very active child and it’s the summer, to account for heat/sweating); and 1-3 yrs (1g - keep in mind how small this is 1 tsp of salt = 4g of sodium). From toddlers to adults the need doesn’t go much higher. Recommendations aim to not exceed 2-3 grams daily for adults.

For more tips and nutrition advice, check out Ashley's website!

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