Processed Foods

  • Processed foods are the main source of the sodium Canadians consume, as they make up over 70% of average daily sodium intake.
  • Only about 15 % of our sodium intake comes from salt added during cooking or at the table.
  • Unprocessed whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and fresh cuts of meat contain very little sodium. The sodium “naturally” present in foods accounts for only 10-15 % of our daily intake.
  • Health Canada quietly released sodium reduction guidelines for the food industry in early June 2012. Read the report here.