New sodium recommendations have come out of the National Academies. The good news? The recommendations tell us what the American Heart Association has been saying, too: eat less sodium! The not-so-great news? More than 70 percent of the sodium we eat in America comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods. Today, let’s talk about four simple steps that will help you take back control of the salt in your food.
Ever wondered where that percent daily value comes from?
The National Academies brings together experts from across the country to review all the latest science about sodium. Then, they make a recommendation for how much sodium we should eat. This recommendation – called the dietary reference intake – is used to establish the daily value you see on the Nutrition Facts label.
The American Heart Association applauds the National Academies for their efforts to review the latest research on sodium. We support the recommendation for people to eat less salt.
What does the American Heart Association recommend?
Just like the National Academies, the American Heart Association recommends that most adults eat less salt. We recommend limiting sodium to about a teaspoon of salt per day. Since it is estimated that 90 percent of U.S. adults will to develop high blood pressure, limiting sodium intake is ideal for heart health.
According to the latest data, most of us need to get smarter about salt. The average U.S. adult eats about 50 percent more sodium each day than the American Heart Association recommends.
So what can you do about it? More than 70 percent of the salt we eat in the United States comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods. We know that food companies and restaurants are making decisions about the salt in our food. It’s time to take back control.
How can you take back control of the salt in your food? Here are four simple steps.
Getting smart with salt doesn’t have to be a full-time job. And, reducing sodium can improve health and even save lives. Here are five simple things you can do to take back control of the salt in your food today!
Be selective when it comes to the salty six. These popular foods add the most sodium to the American diet: cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, soups, breads and rolls, chicken, burritos and tacos. For these items, check the label and replace cheeses and meats with fruits and veggies when you can!
Don’t sacrifice taste. Most of the time, sodium masks true flavor. Maximize flavor and save time by making delicious recipes in your slow cooker or your pressure cooker. Doesn’t Slow Cooker Cauliflower-Crust Pizza with Balsamic Glaze or pressure cooker Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw just make your mouth water?
Ask industry leaders to break up with salt. Pledge to hold companies accountable and give them credit when they make improvements.
- Join the movement to be Healthy for Good ™. Being salt smart can be simple when you know the tips. Receive tips on healthy living. Sign up today.