Happy National Healthy Eating Day!
National Healthy Eating Day is a day to eat healthy, get active and kick off healthy lifestyles. Today is the day that you’ll pledge to live a longer, stronger and healthier life.
Why not take the American Heart Association’s “Sodium Quiz” to test your sodium knowledge and learn how paying attention to your sodium intake can be an important part of a healthy diet….
The Scoop on Sodium Quiz
1. True. Sodium plays a role in regulating fluids and blood pressure in the body. Too much sodium in
your system causes your body to retain water, which puts an extra burden on your heart and blood
vessels. Reducing the amount of sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.
2. 200 mg. Your body doesn’t need much sodium for daily functions and fluid maintenance. Americans
consume an average of 3,000-3,600 mg of sodium each day.
3. False. About 75 percent of dietary sodium comes from processed food. Salt added at the table
accounts for only about 6 percent.
4. Over 3,000 mg. Many of our prepared foods contain excessive amounts of sodium, which can make it difficult to notice our sodium intake. Read labels and choose fresh foods when possible, and resist adding table salt for flavoring. Instead try seasoning with herbs and spices.
5. True. When buying prepared foods, always read the nutrition label for the sodium content. Compare the sodium content of similar products to find those with less sodium. Watch for the words “soda” (referring to sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda) and “sodium” and the symbol “Na.” These products contain sodium compounds that count toward your daily sodium intake. For instance, 1 teaspoon of baking soda contains 1,000 mg of sodium.
6. False. Kosher salt and sea salt are about the same as table salt- 40 percent sodium- and count the same toward the total sodium consumption.
You can visit heart.org/HealthyLiving and use the American Heart Association’s free tips, tools and trackers to stay motivated.