Recommended Sodium Intake
America: Land of the Super Saltshakers
The average American consumes 3,400 mg of sodium a day. The recommended daily allowance is 1,500 mg for adults over 50; all African Americans; or people with CKD, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Tips to toss that saltHere’s how to cut salt from your diet:
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5 spices to use instead of salt
*Check to be sure you are using a salt-free product.
Salt alternatives (not substitutes!)
There are many salt alternatives, including flavorful spices and seasonings. However, “classic” salt substitutes simply switch out sodium for another mineral, potassium. Unfortunately, that’s also a problem when you have chronic kidney disease. It’s important to steer clear of salt substitutes made with potassium.
Salty foods to watch out for
Learn the reduced-salt lingo
- Sodium-free—only the tiniest amount of sodium per serving
- Very-low sodium—35 mg or less per serving
- Low sodium—140 mg or less per serving
- Reduced sodium—foods where the level of sodium is reduced by 25%
- Light or “lite” in sodium—foods where the sodium is reduced by at least 50%
Remember, “reduced” sodium, as well as “light” or “lite in sodium" are relative to their full-sodium counterparts. For example, “lite” soy sauce is better than “regular” soy sauce, but “lite” soy sauce is still high in sodium. Always check the label to see how many milligrams of sodium it contains.