The average U.S. man gets about 10.4 grams a day and the average U.S. woman gets about 7.3 grams a day.
77% of the salt in the American diet comes from processed food. Only 6% is shaken out at the table, and only 5% is sprinkled during cooking.
Once people cut back on salt -- whether or not they know they are doing it -- they begin to prefer less salt in their food. This happens in a matter of weeks.
Alarmed by high death rates from strokes, Portugal plans to decrease salt in bread, blamed for high blood pressure. Portugal has one of the highest mortality rates from strokes in Europe - double that in Spain and 3 times that in France. Strokes account for 20% of deaths in Portugal, reduction of salt intake by 1 gram per day would save 2,650 lives per year. http://is.gd/ndNv
The daily salt intake in Portugal is a staggering 12.3 grams (ranging from 5.2 to 24.8 gm) http://is.gd/ndQq
Cutting Salt as Good as Quitting Smoking. WebMD, 2010.
Sweat Bees prefer sweaty people because the human diet is so salty that their perspiration is saturated with that essential nutrient. WSJ, 2012.
Image source: Single-serving salt packets. Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.