Healthy Eating theLower Sodium Way
Too much sodium can increase the risk of high blood pressure.
This mini-lesson focuses on dietary sodium. Through discussions and activities, participants will learn the importance of a lower sodium diet for their health and will discover how to make lower sodium choices.
Participants will challenge common misconceptions about sodium by completing the quiz, Test Your Sodium Savvy.
Using practical case scenarios, participants will discover ways to make lower sodium choices when grocery shopping, dining out, and preparing meals at home.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- Identify the health risks of a high sodium diet
- State the current recommendations of sodium intake for adults
- Discuss key sources of sodium
- Read food labels to determine the amount of sodium in packaged foods
- Suggest lower sodium alternatives for processed and fast foods
- Suggest lower sodium meal preparation strategies
Quick Notes on Sodium
Sodium (Na) is one of the chemical elements found in table salt. The chemical name for table salt is sodium chloride (NaCl). Salt is a common ingredient in processed and prepared foods such as canned soups and processed meats. Salt is added to enhance taste and as an inexpensive preservative.
Sodium may also be added to foods through additives such as disodium phosphate, sodium nitrate,or sodium gluconate. Some foods, such as milk, contain sodium naturally. Too much sodium can increase the risk of high blood pressure.