TABLE F-1Mean 1-Day Sodium Intake by Dietary Source by Age or Gender for Persons 2 or More Years of Age

Mean Intake (mg/d)
nFoodaSETable SaltbSETap WaterSESupplementsSEAll SourcesSE
All Ages 2+ Yrs16,8223,40713.81781.4270.320.23,61414.1
 2–3 yrs9212,20131.4281.990.410.12,23931.4
 4–8 yrs1,6802,79529.6491.7120.410.12,85729.8
 9–13 yrs1,0093,51348.9932.6170.700.13,62448.9
 14–18 yrs1,3514,33965.61052.3271.040.74,47465.9
 19–30 yrs1,0974,49064.22175.8321.322.24,74165.1
 31–50 yrs1,4394,44855.42375.5321.110.24,71956.0
 51–70 yrs1,2153,73850.42306.0281.020.33,99951.1
 > 70 yrs8083,00047.01897.1251.030.53,21748.5
 9–13 yrs1,0393,01943.9852.5160.610.13,12144.1
 14–18 yrs1,2502,98042.01122.4200.810.23,11342.1
 19–30 yrs9143,06246.62076.2291.210.23,29847.8
 31–50 yrs1,3503,02140.42155.4311.110.23,26841.3
 51–70 yrs1,2512,77335.81975.5321.030.33,00536.5
 > 70 yrs7872,39738.31275.5261.041.02,55439.1
Pregnant and lactating femalesd7113,46555.22206.9241.410.23,71055.4
Pregnant females6233,54162.22017.1221.410.23,76563.1
Lactating females993,236121.827019.4284.300.13,534119.0

NOTES: d = day; mg = milligram; n = unweighted sample size; SE = standard error.


Includes salt added in food preparation and cooking.


Salt added by the consumer at the table.


Excludes pregnant and lactating females (shown separately).


Includes 11 females who were pregnant and lactating.

SOURCE: NHANES 2003–2006.

From: Appendix F, Sodium Intake Tables

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Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake; Henney JE, Taylor CL, Boon CS, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2010.
Copyright © 2010, National Academy of Sciences.

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