Ottawa-Gatineau Food: Cutting Back On Salt



Less is more - cutting back on salt is good for your health

(NC)-Salt (sodium) is an important nutrient and we need it in our diet, but only in small amounts and unfortunately Canadians are eating too much of it. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians consume more than 3,100 mg of sodium each day. To put this into perspective, the recommended daily levels are between 1,200 and 2,300 milligrams of sodium - which is about one-half to one teaspoon of salt.

Our taste for salt is not good for our health. High consumption is a major risk factor in raising blood pressure and contributes to heart attacks and strokes. But it is a controllable risk factor. Heart and Stroke Foundation registered dietitian Carol Dombrow offers the following tips for cutting back on salt:

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