A low-sodium diet means more than eliminating the salt shaker from the table! While that’s a good start, there’s lots more to know about maintaining this lifestyle.
Sodium isn’t all bad. It plays an important role in maintaining normal fluid balance in the body, but, like many things, it’s all about moderation. For the average adult with no heart or kidney-related health issues, the daily recommendation of sodium is 2,300 mg per day which equals 1 teaspoon of salt.
The tricky part about monitoring your sodium intake is that many foods either have naturally occurring or added sodium that we don’t even think about when we are trying to stay within the 1 teaspoon amount per day. Here’s a quick guide to some of the foods and products which have high sodium levels that you may not even realize.
The good news is that many of these have lower-sodium versions, so look for those in your grocery store.
Here are a few more tips to help lower your sodium intake.
Here are some low-sodium recipes to get you started.
Looking for more low-sodium inspiration? Check out our Low-Sodium Recipe collection on the Savory Recipe Center.