Sodium

Sodium is a nutrient found naturally in salt. Although our bodies only need a small amount of sodium, most Canadians consume more than double the recommended daily intake. Eating too much sodium may lead to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

Over 75% of the sodium we consume comes from processed foods such as cheese, deli meats, pizza, sauces and soups.

Learn how to reduce sodium in your diet by making healthy food choices at the grocery store, at home and when eating out.

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Sodium: the basics

Sodium is a nutrient found in table salt and many other foods. While some sodium is found naturally in food, most of it is added to our food to flavour and preserve it, or change its texture or structure.

Reducing sodium at the grocery store

Controlling how much sodium you eat starts with making healthier food choices at the grocery store.

Reducing sodium at home

Cooking homemade meals lets you control how much sodium is in your food. Follow the tips below to prepare delicious foods that are low in sodium.

Reducing sodium when eating out

Restaurant meals can be very high in sodium. Try the tips below to enjoy delicious meals while keeping sodium in check.

Sodium detector

Use the Sodium Interactive Tool to find out how much sodium is in processed foods, high sodium foods that are added during cooking and at the table, and foods with naturally occurring sodium.

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