Don’t be Salty

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Don’t be Salty

We continuously hear that Americans consume too much salt in our diets, but we never really understand how much we can have. The Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics along with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say the average adult should consume no more than 2,300mg of sodium each day. Again, this still doesn’t tell us how much. 2,300mg of sodium is equivalent to the amount of sodium in 1 teaspoon of salt. However, table salt isn’t necessarily the problem for Americans: it’s the hidden sodium in
processed foods and fast foods consumed. That’s not to say that table salt isn’t included in the amount of sodium consumed, but it’s not the major contributor to going over the 2,300. So, here’s how we can lower the amount of sodium we consume daily: try to stay away from foods that contain more milligrams of sodium than calories per serving. The average person consumes around 2,000 calories. If we are eating mostly foods that have less sodium than calories, it’s the perfect recipe for not going over the daily recommendations. By following this rule, you’ll most likely find yourself reaching for more non-processed foods, which may help lead to an overall healthier diet, too!

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