View Full Version : USDA sodium recommendation for African-Americans is unrealistic

08-30-2011, 01:21 PM
Thanks to my smart phone app, I've been keeping an exact log of everything I've eaten for the past several months. I have NEVER been within the USDA recommended daily sodium intake for African-Americans, which according to them is 1,500 mg a day. And its not because I'm eating heavily processed junk food or drenching everything in hot sauce. For example, look at today's breakfast:

1 Active Lifestyle chewy fiber bar
2 packets of Quaker High Fiber Instant Oatmeal
2 cups of vanilla almond milk
1 4oz cup of Yoplait Greek Strawberry Yogurt
1 fish oil capsule

So what's the sodium content of this rather health-conscious breakfast?

935 mg of sodium. So roughly 2/3 of my recommended daily sodium taken up with some oatmeal, yogurt, and a fiber bar. WTF?

The USDA recommended level is unrealistic. If it can't serve as a guide to action, then what good is it?

08-30-2011, 01:28 PM
You might be interested in reading this JAMA article (http://newsatjama.jama.com/2011/05/03/author-insights-questioning-the-benefits-of-salt-restriction/) and this underlying research study (http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/17/1777.long)(subscription required, abstract available here (http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/17/1777.abstract)).