It’s not just found on the table! Sodium is also in a variety of healthy foods, including milk, cream, eggs, meat and shellfish. And it’s also found in much higher amounts in processed foods such as breads, crackers, processed meats like bacon and snack foods such as pretzels, cheese puffs and popcorn. It’s also in condiments such as soy sauce, fish sauce and bouillon or stock cubes.
Too much Sodium has been shown to add to the development of cardiovascular disease, so it’s important to avoid pre-made sauces, packaged and canned foods which are known to have high levels of salt. (Canned vegetables can be OK since more and more food producers strongly reduced the amount of salt in those products, so always good to check the label!) By cooking at home using fresh, washed produce, you are able to monitor the amount of salt going into your meal.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a reduction in sodium intake to reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and CVD in adults. WHO recommends a reduction to less than two grams of sodium (5 g/day salt) in adults.