You try and make healthy choices for your family, but it’s hard to stop what you can’t see. The food industry adds salt and sodium to foods before it even reaches your dinner table. About three-quarters of our daily sodium intake in America comes from salt added to foods during processing.
That’s what our newest video is all about. Even the healthiest looking foods can have more sodium than you might realize, and this puts your whole family’s health at risk. The good news? You can do something about it.
Take control of salt.
It’s a matter of choice. You deserve the right to take back control of your food – restaurant and processed food companies shouldn’t choose for you or your family. Unfortunately, because most of the sodium we eat is in our food before we buy it, it makes it hard for people to limit sodium.
You deserve a change. An AHA survey found that 75 percent of adults in the U.S. preferred less sodium in processed and restaurant foods.
Send the Food industry a message.
Food companies are hearing people who want healthier foods. Now is the time to offer healthier foods with more moderate levels of sodium. This month, you can send a message to the CEOs of the following food companies:
- Burger King and Tim Hortons
- Sara Lee, Thomas, Boboli
- Nabisco, Ritz, Triscuits, and Premium saltines
And, we know your voice makes a difference. Many food companies have been reducing sodium in their foods. These efforts should be applauded because they enable people to more easily choose how much sodium to eat.
In the meantime, here are some ways you can watch for hidden sodium:
- Understand that sodium can be sneaky. The sodium in breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks can really add up! Check out our infographic that illustrates how little changes can make a big difference.
- Learn how to reduce sodium. Following tips and tricks for eating healthfully at home, choosing foods at the store, and ordering at a restaurant can certainly help!
- Compare foods in the salty 6 and the salty 6 for kids. Did you know that these six foods contribute the most sodium to the American Diet? Compare these foods and choose the item with the lesser amount of sodium.
- Know the science. We know that the science is clear on sodium reduction (and for kids too). Brushing up on the latest science will help to remind you why healthy eating is so important to your health.
- Watch for these words on restaurant menus. Simply watching for 10 words when you order from a restaurant can help you avoid the foods that can leave you overloaded with excess sodium.