Report: It’s important to know your intake of sodium and potassium


There have been some changes when it comes to how much sodium and potassium you should be having daily. 

The report came from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. UMass Amherst Head of Food Sciences, Eric Decker was part of this research. 

The report says, depending on your age, it’s important to know how much sodium and potassium you should have daily.

For example, the study finds people ages 14 and older should have 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day.
Eight hundred milligrams for those 1 to 3 years old, which is less than previously recommended. 

Sodium and potassium are essential nutrients that play vital functional roles in the body. Both nutrients have been linked to the risk of chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease.

The report also says, reducing sodium intake has a greater effect on adults with hypertension than on adults with normal blood pressure.

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