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How much salt should a person have in one day?
Asked by anonymous on Jan 06, 2009 in Nutrition

I'm male, 6’0” and 51 years.


An adult needs only 250 - 500 mg of sodium per day.  Salt is the compound, sodium chloride, and the recommendations apply to sodium not salt.  The National Academies of Science set a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) of 2300 mg of sodium per day for healthy adults; however, the World Health Organization sets 6000 mg as their upper limit.  For people over age 50 and for anyone with high blood pressure, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 1500 mg a day.  In the US diet, processed foods contribute 75% of the sodium consumed.

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