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What is a healthy amount of sodium to consume daily?

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Less than 1,500 milligrams daily is a healthy amount of sodium for Americans to consume, according to the American Heart Association. The limit does not apply to fire fighters, competitive athletes, foundry workers and others who sweat profusely in their work, thereby losing large amounts of sodium.

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What is a healthy amount of sodium to consume daily?
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Table salt is approximately 40 percent sodium, and 1 teaspoon of salt equals about 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Sodium is a mineral naturally contained in foods and added when manufacturing and preparing food, notes the American Heart Association. Approximately 12 percent of the sodium Americans consume comes from foods in which it naturally occurs, such as milk, beets and celery. More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed and prepared foods, such as canned soups, luncheon meats, salted snacks and restaurant foods.

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