Salt and Sodium: Get the Facts

Fact: Sodium is found in salt.

  • All types of salt are high in sodium.
  • Kosher salt, sea salt, fleur de sel, gourmet salt and smoked salt all have about the same amount of sodium as table salt. They are not healthier choices.

Fact: We eat too much sodium.

  • We all need some sodium, but most of us eat about 3400 mg per day. This is more than double the amount of sodium we need.
  • Healthy adults need only 1500 mg of sodium per day. Healthy children need only 1000-1500 mg of sodium per day.

Fact: Eating too much sodium is harmful to our health.

  • Eating too much sodium raises blood pressure, and increases your risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
  • Eating less sodium helps you and your family stay healthy and feel your best.

Fact: Most of the processed and prepared foods we eat contain too much sodium.

  • Over 75% of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods such as cheese, deli meats, pizza, sauces and soups.
  • Packaged and ready-to-eat foods, fast foods and restaurant meals are often high in sodium.
  • Breads, breakfast cereals and bakery products also contain sodium even though they may not taste salty.