Health Agencies: Lower the Recommended Daily Salt Serving

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Health Agencies: Lower the Recommended Daily Salt Serving

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Sarah Parsons started this petition to Secretary/USDA Tom Vilsack and

Update 2/4/11: On January 31, 2011, the USDA/HHS jointly released their new dietary guidelines. The agencies lowered the recommended daily sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams for "at-risk" people (children, African Americans, people older than 50, and anyone with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease). However, for the other half of the population, the agencies maintained the previous dietary guidelines' recommendation of no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

Eating too much salt can be deadly for consumers. Excess sodium intake contributes to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and kidney problems. About 90 percent of Americans develop high blood pressure at some point in their lifetimes--90 percent!

Despite this public health crisis, the current Dietary Guidelines put the recommended daily sodium intake at 2,300 milligrams per person, per day. Public health groups like the American Heart Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest say this recommendation is far too high. To really protect consumers' health, the groups say, that amount should be no higher than 1,500 milligrams per day.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are responsible for creating the Dietary Guidelines, and they're issuing new guidelines soon. Please join us in asking the agencies to lower the daily recommended intake of sodium from 2,300 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams per day.

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