By Dr. Donna Barton
Faculty Member, Public Health at American Public University
Dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 recommend a daily intake of sodium to be less than 2,300 milligrams. On average, American adults consume 3,400 milligrams per day.
There is a difference between sodium and salt. By definition, salt is made up of approximately 60% chloride and 40% sodium. A single teaspoon of salt equates to roughly 2,300 milligrams of sodium, which meets the maximum daily recommendation.