Study links reducing salt with fewer high blood pressure cases

September 9, 2009 1:53:00 PM PDT
If Americans were to cut their salt intake to recommended levels a new study estimates there would be 11 million fewer cases of high blood pressure.On top of that, researchers say it would save billions of dollars in health care costs.

The Institute of Medicine recommends adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. But, according to a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotions, most adults gets about 1,000 milligrams more than that.

And while cutting down on sodium sounds simple it's actually tough to do. That's because so much of salt Americans consume come not for salt shaker but from packaged foods and meals eaten out.