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You have probably heard that soy sauce, canned soups, dill pickles and fast food usually contain a lot of sodium. However, sodium can be found where you least expect it. Healthy adults only need 1500 mg of sodium per day. Healthy children only need 1000 to 1500 mg of sodium per day. Good news! There are lots of lower sodium alternatives to some of our favourite everyday foods.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, unsalted popcorn or unsalted nuts
Chips, salted pretzels or other salty snacks
Low sodium or salt free vegetable juices; or make your own using a juicer
High sodium vegetable drinks
Quick cooking oats made with water or milk on the stovetop or slow cooker
Instant hot cereals
Sandwiches made with roasted meat or poultry
Sandwiches made with canned or deli meat
Fresh or frozen fish, lean meat or poultry
Luncheon meats or smoked fish
Low sodium, sodium-reduced or no added sodium varieties of canned or dried soups or broth
High sodium canned soups
For information on the health effects of sodium, check out Cut out the Salt.
To learn how to identify salt and sodium on the label, read Get the Scoop on Salt.
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