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CDC report details foods that contribute most to sodium intake

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Feb. 7 released a "Vital Signs" report that looks at sources of sodium in the American diet -- and finds that grocery and convenience store foods account for about two-thirds of sodium consumption in the American diet.

Americans consume on average about 3,300 mg of sodium a day, according to the report, not including salt added at the table and in medicine/supplements. This is well above the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations of less than 2,300 mg overall and 1,500 mg for specific at-risk populations comprising about half of the population.

Of particular interest, the report says nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the sodium Americans consume comes from food purchased at grocery, convenience and other stores. About a quarter of sodium consumption -- 24.8 percent -- comes from food purchased at restaurants, the report says: 13.6 percent from fast-food/pizza restaurants, and 11.2 percent from fullservice restaurants.

The CDC notes that restaurant foods/beverages contain more sodium per 1,000 calories than foods/beverages from supermarkets and other stores.

The CDC says 10 food categories account for 44 percent of sodium consumption in the United States. In restaurants, pizza, poultry and sandwiches are the leading contributors of sodium, the report notes. Get the CDC press release, study and fact sheet.

 

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