by Anna Maltby
Mike Lorring/CN Digital Studio Here's a crazy stat: Only three percent of Americans consume the Institute of Medicine's recommended 1,500 mg or less of sodium per day (the upper limit, FYI, is 2,300). That's a bad thing, since high sodium consumption raises blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
"It is difficult to adhere to guidelines for sodium intake because sodium is very common in the food supply," Cheryl Anderson, Ph.D., of the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine's Division of Preventive Medicine, told SELF. "To meet guidelines, it is recommended that Americans prepare and consume fresh foods instead of packaged or processed foods." Which, let's face it, is way easier said than done.
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