Eating Low in Sodium

 

In American society, finding foods low in sodium is quite a difficult task. For this reason, I’ve created this handy blog containing some helpful information. Feel free to print or hang on your fridge. 

Where do you find sodium?

Most Americans enjoy sodium as a flavoring agent in a salt shaker at the dinner table. Sodium also serves as a main ingredient in virtually all processed foods, from packaged meat, to frozen goods, canned soups to packaged snacks. Typically, Americans average well over the recommended sodium intake, which may put a few individuals at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Consult a physician for a blood pressure reading and ways to reduce your sodium intake.

What does low sodium mean? 

The FDA has defined low sodium products as 140 milligrams or less of sodium per serving of food. For a typical low sodium diet, sodium intake is usually suggested between 500 and 1500. Most Americans average between 3000 & 5000 milligrams per day which equivilent to 1 to 3 teaspoons of salt.

How can you limit sodium intake?

The best way to reduce you sodium intake is to simply cook your food at home and limit the amount of salt added. Also, whenever possible, look for low sodium foods and make sure to read the nutrition facts.
 
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