Many Americans consume too much sodium (more than 4000 mg per day). 77% of sodium is found in processed foods and meals consumed outside the home. Major food sources of sodium are fast food, snack food (chips and pretzels), pizza, cured meats (sausage, hot dogs, salami) canned soup, regular cheese, and grain-based desserts.
Try to keep your daily sodium intake below 2,300 mg (approximately 1 tsp of salt) of sodium per day.
Don't know how much sodium a certain food has? Look in the USDA National Nutrient Database
Here are some ways to reduce sodium:
- Read the label to choose foods lower in salt
- Prepare foods with little or no added salt
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
The current WIC food package provides foods that are low in sodium. For more information on the WIC food package go to WIC Food Packages.