The topic: Sodium.
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Salt’s for Dinner?
The average Canadian is eating too much sodium. Are you?
What’s the difference between salt and sodium?
Salt, or table salt, is made up of the minerals sodium and chloride.
1 teaspoon of salt has 2300 milligrams (mg) of sodium.
Do I need sodium?
Yes. Sodium keeps your blood pressure and water levels in balance in your body. Your muscles and nerves also need sodium to work properly.
How much sodium do I need?
Healthy adults need 1500 mg of sodium per day. Eating more than 2300 mg a day can be harmful to your health.
The average Canadian eats 3100 mg of sodium each day!
Is too much sodium bad for me?
Yes! Even if you’re healthy now, regularly eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, and increase your risk for heart and kidney diseases, and stroke.
Which foods are high in sodium?
80% of your sodium intake comes from processed and packaged foods, not your salt shaker.
Foods like fast food and restaurant meals, canned soups, frozen meals, packaged rice and pasta mixes, and sauces and dressings have sodium.
Even some foods that don’t taste salty, like breads, cereals, and baked goods, may have a lot of sodium.
If I don’t use the salt shaker, could I still be eating too much sodium?
Yes. Only 15% of our daily sodium intake comes from using the salt shaker and adding salt when cooking.
Even if you don’t use your salt shaker, you may be eating too much sodium since many commonly eaten foods are high in sodium.
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