Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
3,406 milligrams (mg) (2013-16)

2,725 mg

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

3,406 milligrams (mg) of sodium from foods and beverages was the mean total daily intake by persons aged 2 years and over in 2013-16 (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population)

Reduce the consumption of sodium by persons aged 2 years and over

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement


Eating a lot of salt (sodium) may increase the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. And most people in the United States eat too much salt. Strategies that involve both population-level interventions (like reducing the amount of salt in packaged foods) and individual-level interventions (like behavioral counseling) seem to be the most effective ways to help people eat less salt. Encouraging people to use the Nutrition Facts label can also help them track their consumption of salt.