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The Shake Up - Get the Facts About Sodium

Fact: We eat too much sodium

  • We all need some sodium, but most of us eat about 3,400 mg per day. This is more than double the amount of sodium we need.

  • Healthy adults need only 1,500 mg of sodium per day. Healthy children need only 1,000 to 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

Fact: Salt is made from sodium.

  • All types of salt are high in sodium.

  • Kosher salt, sea salt and gourmet salt all have about the same amount of sodium as table salt. They are not healthier choices.

Quiz - Are you getting too much sodium?

Fact: Eating too much sodium can be harmful to our health

  • Eating too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

  • Eating less sodium can help you and your family stay healthy and feel your best.

Fact: Most of the foods we eat contain too much sodium.

  • More than 75 per cent of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods such as cheese, deli meats, pizza, sauces and soups.

  • Packaged and 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.