Halt The Salt: Labels
I pledge to compare nutrition facts labels and choose lower-sodium items
• Most people should eat no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day, and yet most Americans consume 3,466 mg daily.
• Eighty percent of the salt we eat is already in food when we buy it from stores and restaurants.
• Salty foods don't always taste salty; you have to read the label to find out how much sodium a product contains.
• Processed foods marketed as "healthy" may have a lot of sodium, or even more sodium than the traditional label. Instead, look for "Low Sodium" or "No Salt Added" versions.
Decoding The Label:
The sodium in foods can vary greatly, even between two brands of the same product! For example, on your grocery store shelf, you may find soups with sodium ranging from 280 mg to 980 mg per serving. And while 480 mg of sodium per serving may a better choice for soup, that's way too much sodium for a serving of bread.
• Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears peruses the grocery store aisles and explains how much sodium should be in a single serving of food.