With Sodium How Low Can You Go? Maybe Too Low.

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on January 23, 2013 · 0 comments

The latest federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage adults to eat no more that 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day. The previous edition of the guidelines recommended no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. That level was hard to achieve and meant serious revamping of the way Americans currently eat. Can a goal of 1,500 milligrams be reached?

According to Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, Seattle, the answer is “no.” He created and analyzed food patterns for different ages and sexes to meet the current nutrition standards for 27 key nutrients and sodium (at the level of 1,500 milligrams daily). When the sodium goal was achieved the meals planned were inadequate for other nutrients.

Given the current type of food available, unless people make drastic changes to the way the normally eat; the goal of 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily is not likely to be achieved any time in the near future. Lowering the amount of sodium you eat has value. Turning you life upside down to reach 1,500 milligrams a day, may put you in a shortfall for other important nutrients. Eat wisely, not fanatically.

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