One of the highlights of the recently released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is in regard to sodium. It is now recommended that the maximum daily intake of sodium be 1500 mg for about 50% of the population and most adults. Specific groups that should heed this recommendation are adults over 51, all African Americans, and anyone who has high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease. For those not fitting into these groups, the recommendation is 2300 mg.
To put these numbers in perspective, a fast-food meal consisting of a small burger and fries easily has over 1000mg of sodium.