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Is the salt shaker guilty as charged?

June 26, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: low sodium, Salt, Sodium

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Is the salt shaker guilty as charged?

Did you know that, on average, Canadians eat more than double the amount of sodium they need each day? Eating too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. Cutting back on sodium can help you and your family to stay healthy and feel their best. When you think of reducing sodium in your family’s meals, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Since salt is the main source of sodium in the foods Canadians eat, your first thought may be to reduce your use of the salt shaker in the kitchen or at the dinner table. However, while the salt shaker is the most obvious source of salt at home, the real culprit is processed foods, most of which don’t even taste salty.

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