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Eat Less Salt and Sodium

Why should you eat less salt and sodium?

You should cut back on salt and sodium in your diet to help prevent or lower high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure lowering it can reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke.

Did you know....

Table salt is made up of two compounds, sodium and chloride. Most of the sodium in your diet comes from processed foods. The remaining comes from the salt added at the table, and salt added while cooking. Limit the amount of sodium that you consume from all these sources to no more than 2,400 milligrams (mg) each day which is equal to about 1 teaspoon of salt.

Tips to eating less salt and sodium - be a smart shopper

  • Read the food label to find out more about what is in the foods you eat. This will help you choose foods to limit the amount of sodium you eat to 2,400 mg each day.
  • Size up your food. Compare the amounts you will eat to the serving size given. If you eat 2 cups and the serving size is 1 cup, you have to double the amounts of nutrients and calories listed.
  • Read the nutrition information. Use the "Percent Daily Value" to compare the amount of sodium among brands. Choose those foods that have lower values. One serving of this product contains 28 percent, or about 1/4 of the amount of sodium you should have for the entire day.
  • Buy foods with these claims more often. The food label may include terms such as:
    • sodium
    • free very low sodium
    • low sodium reduced (or less)
    • sodium
    • light in sodium
    • unsalted
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup (228 g)
Serving Per Package 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from fat 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturate Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 30 mg 10%
Sodium 600mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 4% - Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 15% - Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories:

2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
Calories per gram
Fat 9 - Carbohydrate 4 - Protein 4

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