So, how does this equate to what a persons normal daily intake should be?
The American Heart Association recommends a restriction of dietary sodium to 3,000 milligrams (3 grams) per day where the average American ingests two to four times that much.
Change that basic hamburger (MacDonalds meal) to a cheeseburger, add a medium order of fries with two packets of ketchup and a medium diet Coke and you get 1210 mg of salt. Change that single cheeseburger to a quarter pounder with cheese and that meal works out to 1710 mg.
Switch out that diet Coke for a 16 oz chocolate shake with the quarter pounder, etc and you're up to 1980 mg in just one meal.
A basic child's meal of a simple cheeseburger, small fry & low-fat chocolate milk = 1060 mg. Suggested salt intake for a 4-8 year old seems to range from 1200 - 1500 mg/day. More sets the stage for high blood pressure later in life.
post edited by mjambro - 2011/05/20 08:59:09