How much sodium a day does a person need?
Here are the cold, hard facts. The body requires only 500
milligrams of sodium each day. The American Heart Association
recommends no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, but
most of us take in more than 4,000 milligrams every day.
The Adequate Intake (AI) for sodium is 1,500 milligrams daily
for males and females ages 9-50. This equals about 3/4 teaspoon of
table salt per day. The maximum recommended level of sodium intake
is 2,300 milligrams daily. However, people with hypertension,
people who are over the age of 51, or who are African American,
should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
This recommendation includes over half of all Americans.
On average, more than 85% of American men and women consume
sodium in amounts that far exceed the maximum recommended level of
intake. The standard American diet contains between 4000 and 5000
mg of sodium per day. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry,
10 gm is the current average adult intake (10-12g).