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How Much Sodium is in One Teaspoon of Salt?

One teaspoon of salt contains about 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Table salt is actually the common name for sodium chloride. It’s 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. While our bodies require sodium, most Americans consume too much. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends less than 2,300 milligrams per day. More than 90 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods and prepared meals eaten away from home. When shopping, look for “low salt” or “no added salt” on food labels and check the Nutrition Facts panel for sodium content.

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