Harvard Men's Health Watch

The lowdown on low sodium

The FDA advises people to consume no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium daily—about the amount in 1 teaspoon of salt. But the average person consumes about 50% more—3,500 mg per day—with higher intake among men. About 75% of dietary sodium comes from processed and restaurant foods, but men also need to be mindful about everyday items like bread, cold cuts, soup, and poultry, which are often high in sodium even though they may not taste salty.
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