Jun 29, 2021

Interviewer: One of the best things you can do for your health is keep an eye on your sodium intake. Dr. Tom Miller, why is that so important?

Dr. Miller: Too much salt, as we get in our American diet, can lead to elevated blood pressure and the development of hypertension.

Interviewer: All right. So if I'm paying attention to my salt intake, how much is too much?

Dr. Miller: Well, the average American diet is too much, and 3.4 grams a day is what the average amount is.

Interviewer: All right. And what is that come out to?

Dr. Miller: Oh, that's a good question. That's about 2 teaspoons of salt a day.

Interviewer: So every day I shouldn't be getting any more than two? That doesn't seem like a lot.

Dr. Miller: The problem is we eat processed foods, canned soups, potato chips, and we pour the salt on at table.

Interviewer: All right. So a lot of us are getting more salt than we need. How do we avoid it?

Dr. Miller: Basically you want to stick to one teaspoon of salt a day. And the way to do that is to avoid processed foods and no added salt at table.

updated: June 29, 2021
originally published: February 19, 2019

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