Americans Have Doubled Daily Salt Intake Since 1970s

Love to Eat| The Salt Institute opposes any restrictive guidelines on America’s sodium consumption, arguing that we just don’t know enough about the impact of salt on the human body to regulate it. Meanwhile, six Triscuit crackers have 8% of the recommented daily salt allowance and two tablespoons of Kraft Zesty Italian dressing has nearly one-third the recommended 1500 mg of daily salt intake.

Middle-aged men are eating on average about 54% more salt today than in the early 1970s; for women, consumption has jumped 67% in that time. Goodness knows, Americans weren’t dropping dead of salt restrictions in the 1970s. Read on in Scientific Food | Diet Facts.