IOM Releases New Report on Sodium Intake

On May 14, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a new report: Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence.
The report says recent studies examining links between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations to lower sodium intake from the very high levels some Americans consume now, but evidence from these studies does not support reduction in sodium intake to below 2,300 mg per day.
“These new studies support previous findings that reducing sodium from very high intake levels to moderate levels improves health,” said committee chair Brian Strom, George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. “But they also suggest that lowering sodium intake too much may actually increase a person’s risk of some health problems.”
The average American adult consumes 3,400 mg or more of sodium a day – equivalent to about 1 ½ teaspoons of salt. The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans urge most people ages 14 to 50 to limit their sodium intake to 2,300 mg daily.
Download the report brief. Visit the IOM website for further information.
At the Koshland Science Museum’s “Food for Thought” exhibit, you can try your hand at planning a meal that meets recommended sodium intake levels. Check it out online, or come visit us in person!