Sodium: Less is Best

This article was written by Dietitians of Canada, a proud member of the Live Right Now Advisory Board. As part of their campaign "Get the Real Deal on Your Meal", DC is dispelling 39 myths with truths. The following is myth #24.

"Less is best" is the mantra when addressing the topic of salt and sodium in our diets. About 70% of sodium in Canadians' diets comes from processed foods - that includes packaged goods AND eating at restaurants. Many people think that lowering sodium is somebody else's problem, but that's not necessarily true.

Myth 24: Only people with high blood pressure need to limit how much sodium they need.

Truth: Everyone can benefit from eating less sodium. In addition to causing high blood pressure, eating too much sodium can cause stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
Canadians eat too much sodium. Most of us eat about 3,400 mg every day; that's more than double what your body needs for good health. Take a look at where you can reduce sodium in your diet. Choose more fresh foods, fewer processed foods and restaurant meals. Eating less sodium will help you and your family stay healthy and feel your best.

Read those food product labels too and compare product brands to gradually decrease the amount of sodium you and your family consume.

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