Considering Reducing your Sodium Intake?
Chew on this:
- The average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium per day. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day with an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day.
- Sodium is an essential mineral in the body. It helps maintain fluid balance and plays a role with muscle contraction and relaxation.
- In addition to adding flavor, sodium is used as a preservative, a color enhancer and/or may provide texture in some foods.
- The words salt and sodium are often used interchangeably. Sodium chloride, the chemical name for salt, is 40% sodium and 60% chloride by weight.
- Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value, despite the fact that sea salt is often promoted as being healthier.
- More than 75% of the sodium Americans eat comes from restaurant, prepackaged, and processed foods. Only 5% of dietary sodium is added during home cooking and only 6% is added at the table. The remaining 12% of dietary sodium occurs naturally in foods.
- Cold cuts and cured meats, pizza and soup are top contributors of sodium in the American diet.
- Many food companies and restaurants are participating in The National Salt Initiative to reduce the amount of sodium in processed and prepared foods. For more information, visit:
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