As unhealthy relationships go, this one could take years off your life.
Americans are consuming way too much salt, according to a recent report by the government’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They’re consuming around 3,400 milligrams of salt per day, the study conducted between 2013 and 2014 found. People should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, the CDC recommends; those aged 51 and over and African-Americans should limit that to 1,500mg. (To put this in a real-world context, a Big Mac from McDonalds MCD, +0.11% has 960mg of sodium.)
But while fewer people are drinking soda and eating red meat, and other food deemed unhealthy in 2017, they’ve become more relaxed about sodium. The percentage of people who actively avoid having salt in their diet fell to 39% in 2015 from 46% in 2014, having remained relatively steady for the previous decade, a separate 2015 survey of more than 1,000 adults by market research group Gallup previously found. And this isn’t because they just can’t seem to avoid it. Some 35% of people said they try to include salt in their diet, up from 28% a year earlier.
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