Sodium Reduction Resources
Americans consume on average more than 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day. Average intakes are generally higher for men than women. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium each day as part of a healthy diet. Most of the sodium Americans eat comes from packaged, processed, store-bought, and restaurant foods. Only a small amount comes from salt added during cooking or at the table. Sodium is the component of salt that affects blood pressure. Our bodies need salt to function, but too much can be harmful. High salt intake is linked to an increase in blood pressure and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
American Heart Association - Sodium Break Up
Learn about the #BreakUpWithSalt Campaign, which urges the food industry to lower the amount of sodium its products, take a pledge to reduce sodium in your diet, and find the latest on sodium and your health, recipes, infographics, and a sodium quiz.
American Heart Association - Sodium and Salt
Learn about sodium and high blood pressure, and track your sodium intake.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Learn about sodium in the food supply and government strategies for reducing sodium in packaged and restaurant foods.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Salt
Find sodium facts, journal articles, training resources, and sodium reduction videos and podcasts.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide advice for making food choices that promote good health, advocating a healthy weight, and helping prevent disease.
Healthy Eating Resources
American Heart Association Infographics
Download visual tools related to sodium
American Heart Association – Shaking the Salt Habit
Learn how to reduce sodium in your diet by shaking the salt habit.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Top 10 Sources of Sodium
Learn where sodium hides.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - How to Reduce Sodium
Learn how you can reduce sodium in your diet.
Learn how to read food labels to reduce your sodium intake.
Million Hearts Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center
Find hundreds of fresh and heart-healthy recipes for every meal. New Million Hearts® website on physical activity promotes community programs and resources.
United Stated Department of Agriculture – SNAP-Ed Connection
Find facts and information on how to reduce sodium in your diet.
National Sodium Reduction Efforts
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. Check out the Million Hearts® 2022 framework and commit with us to carry out the priority actions needed to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes.
Sodium Reduction in Communities Program is CDC-funded effort to implement community-level strategies to reduce sodium intake to no more than the recommended maximum amount as defined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The awardees work with entities that provide food service and collaborate with food industry partners to increase the availability of lower sodium foods.
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft of the first-ever voluntary sodium reduction goals that would set limits on how much sodium should be in certain foods. Visit FDA's Sodium Reduction page to learn more.
Between 2009-2014, National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI), a partnership of more than 90 state and local health authorities and national health organizations coordinated by the New York City Health Department, lead efforts to reduce Americans' sodium intake by 20% by 2014 through voluntary corporate commitments to lower sodium in packaged and restaurant food. A recent study "U.S Food Industry Progress During the National Salt Reduction Initiative: 2009–2014" published in the American Journal of Public Health describes the modest reductions of sodium levels in the food supply that occurred during the course of the NSRI.