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Fox News says that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is out with a report saying that nine out of 10 Americans consume much more than the daily recommended amount of sodium.

According to the story, “Currently, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommends the average individual should consume a limit of 2,300 milligrams per day.  But the average person’s actual sodium consumption per day – 3,300 milligrams, according to the report.  And that doesn’t include salt added at the table.

“The Vital Signs report - the CDC’s monthly report of the latest health data - found that a meager 10 types of foods are to blame for more than 40 percent of people’s sodium consumption.  And most of these foods are everyday items found in restaurants or the grocery store.

“The most common sources of sodium resemble a typical lunch menu.  Breads and rolls, luncheon meat, pizza, soups, and cheeseburgers top the list, along with cheese, pasta and meat dishes. Fatty snacks such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn were also responsible for a large portion of people’s sodium per day.”
KC's View:
So, in other words, everything we like to eat is bad for us?

Great.

I have to admit that having just typed those words, I went over to the larder (I’m working in the kitchen this morning) and checked out my favorite pasta. Zero sodium. Opened the freezer to look at the bag of frozen shrimp. 270 mg of sodium per serving, or about 11 percent of RDA. Olive oil...zero sodium. Emeril’s essence...135 mg of sodium per serving, or about six percent RDA.

I think I’m okay for the cajun shrimp I’m making for dinner tonight. (Yes, I’m one of those people who often thinks about what I’m going to make for dinner before I finish breakfast...) But clearly this is what I - and a lot of other Americans - have to do each day.

And it will be helpful if manufacturers can work even harder to eliminate sodium from the foods they are peddling to the American public.