Sodium (salt) intake in adults and children is much higher than it should be due to processed foods and preservatives used to prolong shelf life. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80, yet as many as six in ten people with high blood pressure can blame sodium in their diet as the cause. Too much sodium in the diet takes a toll on the human body and may cause diseases to happen faster.
There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for sodium because our diets are normally sufficient in supply. The average American consumes 4,000 mg/day.
In January 2010, the American Heart Association recommended a daily limit of 1,500 mg/day of sodium for people of all ages.
Diseases That May Be Associated With Too Much Sodium