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Prevalence of Excess Sodium Intake in the United States - NHANES, 2009–2012

Authors/ source/ publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date added to library 09 January 2016
Year published
To examine the current prevalence of excess sodium intake among Americans overall, and among hypertensive adults, CDC analyzed data from 14,728 participants aged ≥2 years in the 2009 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Eighty-nine percent of adults and over 90% of children exceeded recommendations for sodium intake. Among hypertensive adults, 86% exceeded 2,300 mg dietary sodium per day. To address the high prevalence of excess sodium consumption in the U.S. population, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended reducing sodium in the food supply, as excess sodium added to foods during commercial processing and preparation represents the main source of sodium intake in U.S. diets