Do I need to cut back on salt?


If you are salt sensitive, your blood pressure is more likely to increase as you eat more salt. About half of those with high blood pressure are salt sensitive. Since it's difficult to predict who is or isn't salt sensitive, it's a good idea for everyone to limit salt. You need to be careful about how much salt you consume.

Most people should consume no more than 2,400 mg of sodium each day. That is equal to about 1¼ teaspoon of table salt, also called sodium chloride. Research findings have shown that cutting back to this level may lower blood pressure. Depending on your medical condition, you may need to limit the sodium in your diet even more. Check with your doctor or dietitian to find out how much salt is right for you. To get a sense of how much salt is in common foods, see How much salt is in there?

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