How does salt impact heart health?
A diet high in salt or sodium can be detrimental to a healthy heart. Excessive salt can lead to high blood pressure, putting stress and strain on the heart’s proper function. It is best to limit salt intake, but many Canadians eat much more than recommended. According to Health Canada, Canadian adults consume an average of 2,760 mg of sodium per day, while the recommended daily intake is no more than 2,300 mg. This puts many Canadians at risk for heart disease.
How can we identify salt quantity in food?
On a packaged food label, the Nutrition Facts table will give valuable information about how much sodium is in a serving of a given food product. When choosing foods lower in sodium, look for products with less than 120 mg of sodium in a 100 g serving. In addition, choose products labeled “no added salt”, “low salt” or “low sodium.”
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