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Sodium: How much is too much?

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Here's the punch line: The Institute of Medicine says is that a very low sodium diet may not offer the benefits that we think it offers.

Most Americans eat more salt than cardiologists and physicians and the FDA have recommended for years, and it seems they're constantly harping on Americans to cut down.

The gold standard is typically 2,300 milligrams a day, which is a teaspoon of salt. Americans still eat 150-200 percent more than that recommendation.

The study found that we should continue to decrease that sodium intake toward the recommended 2,300 milligrams, but dipping below 2,300 milligrams may not be offering us the same blood pressure and lower heart disease benefits.

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