The dangers of salt in your diet

The dangers of salt in your diet

Author: Canadian Living


The dangers of salt in your diet

Fact: Eating foods high in sodium can put you at risk for a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. It also puts you at risk of being overweight or obese.

Health Canada has set the adequate intake of sodium at 1500 mg daily, with an upper tolerable intake of 2300 mg/day. But according to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian consumes double the adequate intake – nearly 3100 mg or 1-1/3 teaspoons of salt.

If you're ready to cut back on extra sodium and escape the dangers of salt in your diet, we can help. Below you'll find a collection of articles that expose offending foods, plus delicious sodium-reduced recipes you can feel good about eating.

The dangers of too much salt in your diet

The high-salt foods that are putting you at risk.

The next time you're tempted to add a little salt to your food, you might want to think twice. The latest research says that when it comes to salt, we may be overdoing it. Nutritionist Leslie Beck joined Balance Television host Dr. Marla Shapiro to show us other ways that we can pass on the salt.

Is sodium to blame for your weight gain?

Learn about the dangers of salt in your diet. Plus, find easy ways to lower your sodium intake.

Your pants are snug. Your wedding band feels too tight. There's no doubt about it, you've put on a few pounds. Now the good news: the route to a slimmer, trimmer you may be as simple as lowering your sodium intake.

Healthy soup recipes under 750 mg of sodium

You can slurp these soups with a smile knowing sodium levels are under control.

Let's face it – we could all stand to reduce our intake of sodium.

 According to Health Canada, everyone ages one and up should ideally consume 1500 mg of sodium per day. But the reality is that most Canadians consume more than twice that amount!

10 healthy sodium-reduced recipes for low sodium diets

Low sodium doesn't have to mean low on flavour. These 10 sodium-reduced recipes by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen are guaranteed to please the whole family.

We all need salt for healthy living, but because it's so abundant in our food supply, it makes sense to be aware of just how much we take in each day.

Diets that are high in sodium have been linked to high blood pressure, which is a key risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. 

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