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No change needed in daily sodium consumption levels?

Meat processors are calling on federal regulators to revisit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for daily sodium consumption. The American Meat Institute (AMI) points to a recent study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, suggesting Americans’ current sodium intake is actually healthier than the lower amount the CDC recommends.

The study concludes that 2,645 to 4,945mg of sodium per day results in better outcomes than the CDC’s current recommendation of less than 2,300mg/day for healthy individuals under 50 years old and less than 1,500mg/day for most people over 50 years in age. The researchers in the study found that, when compared to usual sodium consumption, low-sodium diets are associated with increased mortality.

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