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Feb 7, 2012 5:06 PM

New study suggests Americans should hold the salt

(NBC) -A new report on how much salt there is in our daily diet is downright disturbing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that nine out of ten of us are taking in over twice as much sodium as we should be.

The CDC says most of the sodium we eat comes not from the shaker, but from processed and restaurant foods.

Its latest report on sodium narrows the list of salty culprits to mainly ten types of food including luncheon meat, pizza, snacks, fresh and processed poultry, soups, cheeseburgers, cheese, pasta and or meat dishes and bread.

The report notes the average person consumes about 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, more than twice the recommended amount.

Much of it comes when we eat out.

The CDC is also calling on manufacturers and restaurants to produce foods with less sodium.

Having a diet high in sodium is a known risk factor for high blood pressure, a condition that increases the chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Experts say if Americans could keep sodium levels to only 1,200 milligrams a day it would save $20 billion dollars in medical costs each year.

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