The soup served at the cafe at my clinic is so salty it's inedible. Complaints are ignored; "it comes processed that way". Please cardiologists: complain to the dietitians at your hospital food service. Change starts at home!
Most Americans — Especially Those at Risk — Consume Too Much Dietary Sodium — Physician’s First Watch
Most Americans — Especially Those at Risk — Consume Too Much Dietary Sodium
The vast majority of Americans are not keeping within published dietary guidelines for sodium intake, according to a CDC analysis of NHANES data published in MMWR.
Government guidelines recommend that people aged 2 years and older should have less than 2300 mg of sodium daily. However, the recommended limit is even lower (1500 mg per day) for certain higher-risk groups: adults over age 50, blacks, and people with hypertension, diabetes, or kidney disease. Nearly half the population falls into these higher-risk groups, the CDC found.
The analysis showed that 88% of Americans not at risk exceed the 2300-mg limit, and 99% of those in the higher-risk categories exceed the 1500-mg limit.
The American Heart Association calls the CDC report "too conservative." It quotes a former association president: "We all should be consuming less than 1500 mg a day of sodium, unless your healthcare provider has told you that this doesn't apply to you."