Panel says Americans should reduce salt intake

The panel, appointed by the Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments, suggests that daily sodium intake be reduced from 2,300 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams a day.

Current guidelines recommend the higher amount. Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams on average.

The panel says it will be challenging to achieve a lower level.

The report says Americans do not eat enough vegetables, fruits and high-fiber whole grains.

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