How much sodium should my family have?


We hear often in the US we consume too much salt. Recommendations on daily intake have changed over the years. On average most adults and children consume approximately 3400 milligrams of sodium each day. This is approximately three times the daily recommended allowance. The guidelines on sodium intake are as follows:

– 1000 mg for children aged 1 to 3

– 1200 mg for children aged 4 to 8

– 1500 mg for people aged 9 to 50

– 1300 mg for adults aged 51 to 70
– 1200 mg for seniors aged 70+

How Food Label Reference Values (DV)
Compare to the
Nutritional Recommendations for Children
 

Nutrient 

 
DV 
Nutrient Recommendations by Age (DRI)*
2 – 3
years
4 – 8
years
9 – 13
years
14 – 18 yr
girls
14 – 18 yr
boys
Protein (grams)
50
13
19
34
46
52
Iron (mg)
18
7
10
8
15
11
Calcium (mg)
1,000
500
800
1300
1300
1300
Vitamin A (IU)
5000
1000
1333
2000
2333
3000
Vitamin C (mg)
60
15
25
45
65
75
Fiber (g)
23
14 – 19
19 – 23
23- 28 (girls)
25- 31 (boys)
23
31-34
Sodium (mg)
2400
1000- 1500
1200- 1900
1500-2200
1500-2300
1500-2300
Cholesterol (mg)
300
<300 for over age 2
<300
<300
<300
<300
Total Fat (g)**
65
33 – 54

(30 -35% of calories)

39 – 62

(25 – 35% of calories)

62 – 85

(25 – 35% calories)

55 – 78

(25 – 35% calories)

61 – 95

(25 – 35% of calories)

20
12 – 16
(> age 2 )
(<10% calories)
16 to 18

(<10% calories)

girls:
18-22
boys:
20-24

(<10% calories)

22

(<10% calories)

24 – 27

(<10% calories)

Calories***
2000 
1000 – 1400
(2-3 years)
1400-1600
girls:
1600-2000
boys:
1800-2200
2000
2200- 2400
*Sodium: The higher number in each age category reflects the Upper Limit (maximum level that is likely to pose no risk of adverse effect) recommended by the Institutes of Medicine. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommended Americans consumer less than 2300 mg. (approximately 1 tsp.) of sodium/day and point out that Approximately 75 percent is derived from salt added by manufacturers. The average intake in the United States is between 4,000 and 5,000 milligrams of sodium per day.
 

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