Sodium Q & A
What is Sodium?
Sodium is a mineral that is essential for human health and critical for transmission
of nerve impulses and the contraction of muscle fibers. Sodium works with
potassium to maintain proper fluid balance in and around cells.
How much sodium do I need?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium intake to less
than 2,300 milligrams per day for adults in good health,
which is about the amount of sodium in a teaspoon
of table salt.
How much sodium do most people consume?
According to the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
(NHANES), the average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium