April 2012

A newly released report from the CDC says nearly 90 percent of Americans eat more salt than is recommended. Foods such as pizza, soups, sandwiches, cheese, cured meats, bread, rolls, and cold cuts make up 44 percent of the salt people consume, 65 percent comes from processed foods, and 25 percent is from restaurants. Only 10 percent of the sodium we consume occurs naturally. Salt has been linked to high blood pressure, which leads to heart disease and stroke. Choosing low-sodium options when possible and preparing more food for yourself are two ways to lessen the amount of salt you consume on a daily basis.