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Sodium 101

November 5, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Sodium is found in salt



Sodium is found in salt.

It's the sodium in salt that can be harmful to our health.

All types of salt are high in sodium.

 Low in Sodium is 140 mg or less of sodium per serving

  • Kosher salt, sea salt, gourmet salt and smoked salt all have about the same amount of sodium as table salt. They are not the healthier choices.
  • Over seventy-five per cent of sodium we eat comes from processed foods such as cheese, pizza, deli meats, sauces and soups.
  • Packaged foods, ready-to-eat foods, fast foods and restaurant meals are often high in sodium.
  • Breads, breakfast cereals and bakery products also contain sodium even though they may not taste salty.
  • Small amounts of sodium occur naturally in healthy foods such as milk, vegetables, fresh meat and fish.
  • Sodium helps to balance fluids and electrolytes in our bodies.

Shrink Your Sodium Consumption

  • We all need some salt intake, but most of us eat about 3400 mg of sodium per day. This is more than double the amount of sodium we need.
  • Healthy adults need only 1500 mg of sodium per day.
  • Healthy children need only between 1000 and 1500 mg of sodium per day.
  • Eating less sodium can help you and your family stay healthy and feel your best.


Reduced Sodium is 25% less sodium than the original food product.



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