75% of Americans Want Less Sodium in Processed and Restaurant Foods

Updated:Oct 14,2016

On average, Americans eat more than 3,400mg of sodium daily, but 97% do not know or underestimate their intake.

Americans estimate their sodium consumption per day at:
  • Do not know - 35%
  • 500mg - 12%
  • 1,000mg - 17%
  • 1,500mg - 14%
  • 2,000mg - 11%
  • 2,500mg - 5%
  • 3,000mg - 3%
  • 3,500mg - 2% (average intake)
  • 4,000mg - 1%
Americans’ sodium intake comes from*:
  • Processed and restaurant foods 77%
  • Naturally occurring 12%
  • Added while eating 6%
  • Added while cooking 5%
58% have tried to reduce the amount of sodium in their diet.

57% want more choice or control over the sodium content in their food.

56% think the government should play a role in reducing sodium in foods by setting mandatory (31%) or voluntary (25%) limits

21% incorrectly believe that there are already limits on how much sodium can be added to processed foods

15% incorrectly believe there are already limits for restaurant foods


Heart.org/sodium



Results from an American Heart Association survey of 1,000 U.S. adults in November 2013 *Mattes and Donnelly, J Am Coll Nutr. 1991; 10:383-393


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