Where’s the Salt?

Where's the Salt? Learn more…

Did you know that on average, most of us consume more than double the recommended amount of sodium per day.

Most of the sodium we consume (90%) is in the form of salt, and the vast majority of sodium we consume is in processed and restaurant foods.


Question 1:
The word salt and sodium are not the same. True or False?
The words “salt” and “sodium” are not exactly the same, yet these words are often used in place of each other. For example, the Nutrition Facts Panel uses “sodium,” whereas the front of the package may say “low salt.” Too much salt or sodium is bad for your health.
Question 2:
Most of the salt we eat is added to our foods from the salt shaker during cooking or during a meal. True or False?
About 75% of the sodium we consume comes from processed and restaurant foods. Only a small portion is used during cooking or at the table, and the rest occurs naturally in foods.
Question 3:
Canned vegetables such as green beans, corn, and tomatoes have more salt per serving than fresh or frozen vegetables. True or False?
Canned vegetables have more salt than freshly prepared or frozen vegetables unless you choose foods with “no salt added.”
Question 4:
A muffin can have more salt than a bag of potato chips. True or False?
A muffin may contain more salt than a bag of potato chips. Salt content in the foods we eat can vary greatly within the same or similar food type.  Ask or read the label and choose the food with lower salt.
Question 5:
Foods can have high salt content and not even taste salty. True or False?
Salt is hidden in foods that you might not expect, including salad dressings, cheeses, pasta sauces, breads, tomato juices, and condiments.

A diet high in sodium can increase our blood pressure and our chances of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third killers of men and women in the United States each year.

We all need a small amount of sodium to keep our bodies working properly. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day.  The average daily sodium intake for Americans age 2 years and older is more than 3,400 mg.

For more information visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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