Sodium Information

Should you be concerned about your sodium intake?

According to the American Heart Association:

Excess salt in the diet can lead to high blood pressure in many people. It holds excess fluid in your body and puts an added burden on your heart. Hypertension is a disease with no noticeable symptoms until serious damage may have occurred. It can eventually lead to Kidney damage, stroke or heart disease. Your doctor may tell you to cut down on the salt you use in cooking and not add salt to foods. Also may tell you to avoid salt completely.

Did you know?

  • The American Heart Association recommends taking in less than 1,500mg sodium per day.

  • People with high blood pressure need less than 1,500mg of sodium per day.

  • The average 1/2 teaspoon of salt equals 1,150mg of salt.

  • Most Americans consume up to 75% of their sodium from packaged foods and restaurants.

This infographicshows exactly who is eating too much salt. (ahem) All of us. American Heart Assoc(@American_Heart) April 19, 2014

What can you do to reduce your sodium intake?

  • Know your recommended limits for your daily sodium intake.

  • Read the nutrition labels of the foods you purchase.

  • When preparing foods, salt free blends (Jones’ Mock Salt) are a good alternative.

  • Use Jones’ Mock Salt at your table.

For more information, please visit:

American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org

Northwest Kidney Centers at www.nwkidneycenters.org