Yet perhaps we’re missing the point. “By debating whether 1,500 or 2,300 is the magic number, we’re dancing on the head of a pin,” says Jane Henney, M.D., chair of a 2010 IOM Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States. “We’re all eating so much more sodium than any of those numbers that if we can reduce our intake to between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams a day we’d be a lot better off.”
Even if most Americans were interested in eating less sodium, whittling our intake down seems like a nearly impossible task. That’s because sodium saturates our food supply, occurring naturally in many foods but also lurking in foods that don’t even taste salty.
Your blood pressure isn't the only consideration when it comes to figuring out how much sodium you should be consuming. Here’s what to keep in mind: