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How Much Salt is Too Much?

by Katie T. on Monday, June 3, 2013

The statistics are eye-opening!  Nine out of ten Americans consume too much sodium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease or stroke.  But how much salt is too much and what can you do to avoid it?

Tip #1- Be aware!  Do you know what the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sodium limit is?  It’s 1500mg.  Yet, the average American adult is consuming more than 3,400mg.  By knowing the recommended limit, you can make more informed decisions about your diet.  

Tip #2- Control your intake! 90% of the sodium we consume comes from processed foods purchased in grocery store and the food served at restaurants, making it very important to:

  • Read Nutrition Facts labels and choose lower sodium options or brands when available.  Also be aware of serving sizes!
  • Look for the Heart-Check mark when you shop to find products that meet the American Heart Association’s criteria for heart-healthy food.
  • Cook at home more often to help control the sodium that goes into your food.  Here are some flavorful recipes to get you started!

Tip #3- Help inform others!  High blood pressure is not something we want our family and friends to face, so help share these important facts about sodium.  We’ve posted this helpful infographic to Facebook, so you can easily SHARE it with your network. 

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Comments (2)

  • I agree, eating per packed food and fast foods are not good  for us. Limit the amount of salt you cook with - many problems when we have to much sodium ( high blood pressure, stroke , renal insufficiency or failure and etc.).

    — Nathan T.

  • I had a stroke a little over two years ago and ate fast food and processed food way too much. Now, I''ve decreased my sodium intake and my bp is down. Looking at the nutrition labels really does help as well as cutting out the fast food.

    — Bob S.

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