Lowering Sodium in Your Diet
This eight-page handout educates people about ways to lower their dietary intake of sodium. It explains that sodium is a mineral present in all foods and is necessary for good health, but clarifies that most people eat more sodium than they need, which can lead to health problems. It identifies current guidelines for how much sodium to eat, defines sodium guidelines and terms on food labels, and includes a conversion table to show amounts of sodium contained in different serving sizes of salt. The document provides tips for limiting sodium in foods where large amounts of salt or sodium have been added, lists foods that should be eaten in limited amounts, and identifies those foods that do not need to be limited in a healthy diet.
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