Where Your Sodium is Coming From.

Nine out of 10 Americans exceed the recommended daily sodium limit.

A shocking 9 out of 10 Americans get more sodium than the recommended limit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the CDC advises no more than 2,300 mg/day of sodium (1,500 for higher risk groups), the typical American averages a whopping 3,466 mg/day.

In order to reduce sodium intake, it’s important to examine the sources of salt in your diet. For most Americans, the breakdown of salt sources is as follows:

  • 38% from grains, breads, cakes, cookies and crackers
  • 28% from meats and poultry – including lunch meats, ham and bacon
  • 12% from vegetables, potatoes, chips and fries
  • 8% from milk products
  • 4% from salad dressings and other fats
  • 4% from beverages and sweets
  • 3% from legumes, nuts and seeds
  • 3% from eggs

Clearly, grains and meats are our biggest sources of salt – so pay special attention when purchasing or consuming these food products. Read the nutrition labels and opt for lower sodium alternatives. Go for fresh meats instead of proceeded foods and replace cold cuts with vegetables, beans or homemade grilled chicken. And use herbs instead of salt to flavor your foods.

But why is it so important to pay attention to sodium? High blood pressure, heart disease and kidney failure are among the serious conditions linked to a high sodium diet. Decrease your sodium intake and you’ll increase the probability that you’ll live a healthier, longer life.

Once you know where your sodium is coming from, you’ve taken a big first step in the direction of reducing your intake to healthier levels.

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  1. christopher says:

    its so startling how much sodium is already present in foods we eat.for breakfast-im just wondering if sodium is present in oatmeal-banana-milk?food industry is killing us.i fight this battle daily.


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