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Learn 4 Steps to Make Good Choices with Processed Foods

By AHA Sodium Reduction Team

Even if you are trying to reduce sodium by cooking healthier and avoiding the salt shaker, you could be missing most of the sodium you eat.


That’s because about three-quarters of the sodium in American’s diets comes from restaurant, highly processed, and prepackaged foods. This means that while watching your table salt is wise, it may not be contributing as much to the total amount of sodium you eat as you’d expect.

With so much salt in our food, it’s not hard to believe that the average American gets more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day – more than double what the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends for our daily sodium intake.

The AHA’s Sodium Reduction Campaign is building a movement to help change the sodium landscape.  Check out these four simple steps you can take to make healthier choices from the grocery shelves and restaurant menus.