Heading to a restaurant with friends and family? Did you know…the average restaurant meal contains about of your daily calories and about of your daily sodium intake! Are your choices at restaurants Take the quiz to check your knowledge on the topic!
Sodium is a mineral that is found in salt and many other foods. Most of the sodium we eat is added to food, especially: processed, packaged, ready to eat, fast food and restaurant food. All types of salt are high in sodium – table salt, kosher salt, sea salt, gourmet same and smoked salt.
Are you looking for sodium smart tips? We have a great resource that makes food label reading easy. Try to prepare your own food at home and season with herbs and spices instead of salt. Click the image to get more information.
Over 75% of the sodium we take in comes from processed foods such as deli meats, bread, soups, etc. You can lower the amount of sodium you eat every day by trying some small steps to cut back. Try to choose #fresh food prepared without salt, read food labels and compare products for sodium content, or how about choosing unprocessed and less processed food more often. Take a look at some other suggestions!
One way you can reduce your sodium while eating at home is to eat smaller amounts of foods/sauces that are high in sodium (e.g., soy sauce, pickles, cheese and BBQ sauce). You can also shop for low or no sodium versions. Look at the Nutrition Facts label and choose the food with the lowest % daily value (DV).
Many of us eat too much sodium. Try switching things up! Instead of using salt for flavouring, try some salsa, a shaker filled with a variety of herbs or lemon juice. This can lower the sodium but will still add great flavour to your meal!
Looking for ways to promote healthy eating at the workplace? We have some great strategies to incorporate into to workplace. Take a look the great newsletter inserts and increase your knowledge and awareness about how to eat less sodium.
Herbs and spices are great ways to add flavour to different meals. If you’re looking for other ways to add flavour to your food but don’t’ want to use salt, take a look at these great suggestions to help you when you cook.
Are you aware of how much sodium you eat? Do you know what foods contain a lot of sodium? Why not try the “what’s your sodium IQ” quiz found on our website to find out how much you know about the topic!