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Spot the Salt


Let’s consider where most of the sodium we eat comes from. Only 10% comes from salt added during cooking or at the table.  Another 10% is found naturally in food.  That means approximately 80% of the salt we eat comes from packaged, processed, and other convenience foods. What’s even more alarming is that some of your so-called “healthy” or “all-natural” options may have unhealthy amounts of salt.  Avoid excess sodium.  Spot the salt by reading the nutrition label and picking the lower-sodium choice.

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The food industry uses sodium in every food category to enhance flavor, condition dough, preserve foods, and retain moisture.  As a result, most sodium comes from processed, pre-packaged, or restaurant foods.  Very little is added during cooking or at the table. 

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