Most Americans consume too much salt. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends significant reductions in sodium intake.


1 gram of sodium is 43.5 mmol of sodium (molecular weight 22.9 g)

Sodium represents 39.2% of the weight of salt.


The average salt intake of Americans is 3.4 grams of sodium per day. Some individuals consume higher amounts.


Daily Sodium Target


< 2.3 g per day

adult >= 51 years of age

< 1.5 g per day


< 1.5 g per day

hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease

< 1.5 g per day


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