Americans' love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, reveal the health authorities.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90% of U.S. teenagers and adults consumed more than the recommended levels of salt in 2010. The new figures match with the 2003 data, the CDC adds.
‘Americans' love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, says CDC. The authority warns people to stop consuming too much salt. Reducing dietary salt is essential to reduce the risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke.’
"Salt intake in the U.S. has changed very little in the last decade," said CDC medical officer and report co-author Dr. Niu Tian.
The authorities suggest coupling salt-reduction efforts with the war on obesity as a way to fight both issues at the same time. New school food guidelines might also be warranted.
Reducing dietary salt is essential for both adults and children. Most of this salt comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, not the salt shaker on the table.
That means it's likely that much of the food people eat is fast food, junk food and processed food. This translates into a high-salt and high-sugar diet that can lead to a number of serious health problems down the road.