December 12,

Sodium – Beyond the Salt Shaker

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Sodium - Beyond the Salt Shaker

Beyond the Salt Shaker…Get the Facts on Sodium

Real Food. Real Flavour … Really Healthy!

Local Public Health Nutritionists in the Peterborough area are ready to help you make the healthiest food choices possible!  This year make eating healthier a priority for yourself and your family by taking action to reduce sodium.

Sodium is a nutrient found in table salt and many foods. While your body needs some sodium to function, too much may lead to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

We all need some sodium, but most Canadians eat about 3400 mg per day. This is more than double the amount of sodium we need!  Adults need only 1500mg of sodium in our diets each day. Sodium is not only present in processed foods like deli meats, frozen dinners and pickles.  It is also hidden in bread and bakery products, as well as soups and sauces that may not even taste salty!

At home:

  • Prepare your own meals more often; find quick and easy recipes by visiting Meals in Minutes

At restaurants:

  • Check the nutrition information of menu items before you order and choose foods with less sodium. This information may be in a poster or pamphlet at the restaurant or on the restaurant’s website.  Ask for your meal to be cooked without salt or monosodium glutamate (MSG), a seasoning that is very high in sodium.

At the grocery store:

  • Buy fewer processed or packaged foods and fill your cart with fresh food.

Get Involved:

  • Join a Public Health Nutritionist for a FREE local supermarket tour to learn tips on lowering your sodium intake when grocery shopping. Participants also have a chance of winning a cookbook. To register for this supermarket tour call 705-743-1003 EXT: 316
  • Try out the Salt-o-meter.   It shows you how quickly sodium in our diets can add up.

Check out this video about making healthier choices

Sodium 101 

Last modified on Aug 21, 2012