A diet that’s too high in salt (sodium) is linked to numerous health issues—think hypertension, heart disease and strokes. Experts agree that there are huge benefits to reducing sodium in your diet. A recent report released by three universities projects that reducing even a small amount of sodium in the American diet could save up to 500,000 lives over the next ten years.
Most Americans consume far too much sodium—as much as twice the recommended amount to stay healthy. The federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a maximum of 2,300 milligrams (1 tsp) of sodium daily for a healthy person. Most sodium is found in breads, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks. The good news is that there are many low-sodium versions now available. So check the label and choose low-sodium foods.