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Adults worldwide eat almost double the daily American Heart Association-recommended amount of sodium

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Americans aren’t the only ones who need to break up with excess salt. Adults around the world get almost double the daily recommended amount of sodium, according to research published in the journal BMJ Open in December 2013.

Researchers found that global sodium intake from commercially prepared food, salt and soy sauce added during cooking, and salt added at the table averaged nearly 4,000 mg a day in 2010. Compare that to the World Health Organization’s recommendation for sodium of less than 2,000 mg a day, and the American Heart Association’s recommendation of less than 1,500 mg a day. Sodium intake was off the charts in almost every country, researchers said. All but Kenya exceeded the American Heart Association’s recommended sodium intake.

Americans eat more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended limit.

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