7 Sodium Myths and Facts


Did you know some sodium is essential to your diet? Learn these sodium myths and facts to help you eat heart-healthy every day.

Myth: Eliminate sodium completely for good health.
Fact: Some sodium is essential to your diet.

Myth: Sea salt has less sodium than table salt.
Fact: Just like table salt, sea salt contains about 40% sodium.

Myth: If I don’t put salt on my food, I’m not consuming much sodium.
Fact: More than 75% of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed foods.

Myth: High levels of sodium are only found in food.
Fact: Some over-the-counter medications contain high levels of sodium.

Myth: Lower sodium foods have no taste.
Fact: There are numerous alternatives to salt to enhance the flavor of your food.

Myth: My blood pressure is normal, so I don’t need to worry about how much sodium I consume.
Fact: Even for people who don’t have high blood pressure, less sodium can significantly reduce the rise in blood pressure that occurs as we age.

Myth: I don’t eat a lot of salty foods, so I don’t eat much sodium.
Fact: Watch out for additional sodium in poultry, cheese and bread.

Check out the infographic “7 Sodium Myths” and learn more ways to change your salty ways on Go Red For Women.