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Why the CDC sodium intake guidelines may be wrong

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A new study from the American Journal of Hypertension reveals that the CDC sodium intake guidelines may be wrong and too low for most diets. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends 2,300 mg of sodium per day for adults, but researchers think this number is lower than it should be and is actually hurting people.

How much sodium do you need?

The CDC’s standard of 2,300 mg of sodium per day has been cited for years as the norm, but there are new questions about this amount. Researchers believe this number is too low and needs to be adjusted to fit the dietary needs of adults. After examining more than 200,000 people in 25 studies, the researchers have come to the conclusion that eating more sodium does not harm health.

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They found that most people in the United States are already eating more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Their numbers range from 2,645 mg and 4,945 mg per day, and researchers feel this is a healthier range than the CDC guidelines. In general, eating too little or too much sodium is dangerous, so it is important to consume enough. They recommend that consumers not exceed 4,945 mg per day because of potential hypertension and cardiovascular risks.

It is time to change the CDC guidelines?

This is not the first study to question the CDC guidelines on sodium intake, but nothing has been changed. The CDC points to evidence that reducing sodium in a diet can lower the risk of high blood pressure, and researchers are not hopeful about seeing new rules appear soon because of the resistance from the CDC.

The new study does not encourage people to add processed foods to their diet or dramatically increase their sodium levels. Instead, it is important to discuss any dietary changes with your medical professionals and carefully consider their advice. Too much sodium in the diet is still dangerous, so finding a balance is crucial. Sodium is an essential part of a diet, but it must be added in the right amounts.