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.
In this topic
Reducing sodium in your diet
Sodium is a nutrient found in table salt and many other foods. But too much may lead to high blood pressure--a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
Choosing foods with less sodium: at home
Learn to prepare your own meals at home using little or no salt. Make healthy meals and snacks. Reduce the sodium in the foods you use. Add flavour without sodium, and know which foods are high in sodium.
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.
- Date modified: