Sodium is a mineral that is found in salt and many other foods. Sodium is a nutrient needed to control water balance in the body. Sodium is found in: table salt (or other salts like sea or kosher), canned foods, processed meats, packaged convenience foods and breads.

How much do I need?

Most healthy adults need about 1500mg sodium and no more than 1 teaspoon or 2300mg sodium per day. Children need less about 1000mg sodium per day starting at 1 year of age.

Health Impact

Health Canada estimates majority of Canadians eat double the amount of sodium they need in a day. Eating too much sodium causes the body to hold onto extra fluids and may raise blood pressure. High blood pressure affects the heart and kidneys and can lead to conditions such as heart disease, stroke or kidney disease.

Check out the resources below to get some great tips on how to lower your sodium intake.

Sodium Resources

For more information:


Low sodium Recipes: Heart and Stroke

Dietitian Approved Recipes from Dietitians of Canada

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