Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on December 21, 2015
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Q:Salt and sodium are the same. True or false?
Q:What is the standard for foods to be marketed as low in sodium?
A:Foods that are marketed as low in sodium are those that have less than 140 mg, or 5% of the daily value (DV).
Q:The human body will crave a fixed amount of salt every day. True or false?
Q:Most sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods. True or false?
Q:Foods can have high salt content and not even taste salty. True or false?
Q:Which has higher sodium: Tomato juice or tomato soup?
Q:High-salt diets have been linked to what kinds of health problems?
A:Diets high in salt have been linked to high blood pressure (hypertension).
Q:What is the maximum recommended sodium intake for healthy adults?
A:About 1 teaspoon.
Q:Who should limit their sodium content to not more than 1,500 mg per day?
A:Even though the USDA dietary guidelines recommended amount of sodium for adults is 2,300 milligrams (mg) daily, if you are over 50 years old, African-American, or diabetic you should limit your sodium intake to just 1,500 mg daily.
Q:Which has higher sodium? Canned green beans or frozen green beans?
A:Salt is often added to canned vegetables to preserve them, which is why canned green beans have more salt than frozen green beans.
Q:People with diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease should use salt substitutes. True or false?
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