One-third of the world’s population and over half of the U.S. population has hypertension. It’s estimated that hypertension may contribute to half of the deaths from stroke and coronary heart disease. Watching sodium intake and aiming for the recommended 1500 milligrams (mg) per day, with a limit of 2300 mg per day is a lifestyle behavior that optimizes blood pressure (along with regular activity) and decreases heart disease risk. This is likely not news to you – that keeping an eye on sodium is a healthy habit.
However, the average sodium intake is closer to 3400 mg per day, almost double the recommendation. You’ve heard that because sodium acts as a preservative, it is prevalent in processed and fast food, but if you want to keep an eye on your salt intake, be sure to read the labels of all foods – even unsuspecting ones.
“Please pass the salt.” We hear this and it’s obvious that salt is being added to a dish. But what about the times it is not so obvious? Are there otherwise healthy foods that sodium sneaks into without us knowing? Take the quiz and test your sodium knowledge!
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