A leading source for news and analysis about Mexico and the U.S.-Mexican border.


Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

Mexicans consuming double
the recommended daily salt intake

Health officials say it is contributing to Mexico's hypertension problem;
it is one more health woe, in addition to diabetes, obesity, and others,
that nation is battling

Cambio magazine this week reported that the daily salt intake in Mexico is 11 grams a day, more than double the 5 grams recommended by the World Health Organization. (Eleven grams equals roughly 4,300 milligrams of sodium; 5 grams is around 2,000 milligrams of sodium)

Simón Barquera of Mexico's National Institute of Public Health said the high salt intake, much of it from industrialized foods and restaurants, is contributing to Mexico's problems with hypertension. He said four of 10 Mexicans suffer from it.

Last year, Barquera said reducing salt consumption by two grams a day could save 17,000 lives a year.

The U.S. daily salt intake is also well above the recommended average, at 9.4 grams of salt, or 3,700 milligrams of sodium.

CDC recommendations for sodium intake. It says the Institute of Medicine recommends an upper limit of 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day.
Kirsten Bibbins‐Domingo's paper presented on sodium intake, presented in Cuernavaca in March