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How many milligrams of salt should my meals contain?

Asked by pallen123 (1519points) July 26th, 2011

My friends say a lot of prepackaged food has high salt content. How many milligrams are too many for lunch, for example?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

Maximum recommended for a healthy adult is 2300mg per day. As a reference one slice of Kraft american cheese has about 250mg sodium.

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SpatzieLover's avatar

We try to keep meals below 700mg.

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s impossible to say without knowing a lot more about you (your weight, for example – I am not asking) and your dietary habits (that is, whether you skip meals, when you eat your main meal of the day, and whether you snack during the day, for example) what a specific meal should look like.

But take a look at the Recommended Dietary Allowances (or RDA) for “most healthy adults” and use that as a guide to daily intake. After that, individual meals (and snacks) are up to you.

thenemo1's avatar

We all need salt however today to many supermarket foods are overloaded with it to enhance the taste. I would say if you don’t have hypertension high blood pressure 2,000 to 2500 mg might be acceptable.

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