Here’s the scoop on salt.
Adequate Intake (AI) Levels for sodium by age
Common Sources of Sodium in American Diets
Tips to help decrease sodium consumption
- Consume more fresh foods
- Cut back on processed foods. The less processed foods we eat the better off we are
- Always look at the Nutrition Facts label for information on the sodium content of foods. You may be able to make small cut backs in your sodium intake by switching brands of a food you commonly eat.
- Cook and prepare foods at home that way you can determine what’s added. Most of the time the amount of salt can be cut back in recipes (with the exception of baking).
- When purchasing processed foods look for “Low Sodium” or “No Added Salt” varieties.
- When eating out ask that salt not be added to your food or look for lower sodium options
Check out my clip on Twin Cities Live to see how much sodium are in some common meals.
I am also going to post a website I found that gives low sodium food products by category. I found it very interesting and helpful to see the lower sodium options for processed foods. Low Sodium Food Directory