You Eat More Salt Than You Think (infographic)

Even if you never touch a salt shaker, it doesn’t mean you’re not eating a ton of salt. You may be surprised at how many of the foods you eat at home, as well as the foods you eat out, are loaded with salt.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, our kidneys have trouble processing excess sodium, causing our bodies to retain water. That puts more pressure on blood vessels and makes more work for the heart. This can lead to high blood pressure (a leading cause of cardiovascular disease), heart attack, and stroke, among other things.

Our bodies need small amounts of sodium to function properly. For most healthy adults, current dietary guidelines recommend a maximum of 2,300 mg of sodium per day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, a maximum of 1,500 mg of sodium per day is recommended for those over age 51, African-Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.

Avoiding the salt shaker isn’t enough. The key is to read labels on the foods we buy, and to bypass packaged foods whenever possible. As the infographic shows, sit down restaurants aren’t necessarily using less salt than fast food restaurants, so consumers should be aware.

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Infographics courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Main Post Photo: Jure Porenta, photographer | Hemera collection | Thinkstock

68 comments

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

It's amazing how much hidden salt there is.

Marianne R.
Marianne R2 years ago

thank you

Steve McCrea
Steve McCrea2 years ago

More salt hating.

The big problem isn't salt, but the imbalance of sodium and potassium in our food supply, mostly caused by processed foods. Reducing salt does not improve blood pressure or heart disease, according to research:

http://rense.com/general65/salt.htm

Eat less processed foods and more bananas (or other things with lots of potassium) and you'll get better results than reducing salt.

But cultural mythology is hard to change.

---- Steve

Fi T.
Fi T2 years ago

The art of knowing when to stop

Brenda P.
.2 years ago

I rarely add salt!

John W.
.2 years ago

Nothing I've not heard before. It is time that the food industry shaped up!

Joanna W.
Joanna W2 years ago

that is awful

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se2 years ago

ty

Lynn C.
Lybb C2 years ago

Thank you.