Why is Sodium Included On The List?

Sodium has been included on the list by EPA to provide an opportunity for more study. While high levels of salt intake may be associated with hypertension in some individuals, sodium levels in drinking water are usually low and unlikely to be a significant contribution to adverse health effects, according to the EPA. The EPA has established a recommended level of 20 parts per million for sodium as a level of concern for those consumers that may be restricted for daily sodium intake in their diets. The EPA is considering updating the guidance level for sodium and says the current one is probably low. FDA imposes quality standards for bottled water that are equivalent to EPA’s drinking water standards so switching to bottled water won’t solve the sodium question if that is a concern for you. Instead, EPA recommends talking with your doctor or a dietitian about reducing sodium in food intake.