The Food and Nutrition Board recommends a sodium intake of less than 2300 mg per day for adults. People normally obtain adequate amounts of sodium in their daily diet, but it is important not to exceed this recommended maximum amount.
Common dietary sources of sodium are often processed food to which salt is added during preparation, such as cheeses, soups, pickles, and pretzels. Additionally, other processed, commercially prepared, or restaurant foods are generally high in sodium.
For people who are sodium-sensitive or have hypertension, reducing sodium intake can lead to markedly beneficial health effects. But even if you don't have high blood pressure, limiting sodium as part of a healthy diet may decrease your risk of developing blood pressure problems and heart disease.
Your taste for salt is both acquired and reversible. As you use less salt, your preference for it will lessen.
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