Eating For Life Program

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Reduce sodium intake.

A healthy eating pattern for an adult means limiting sodium to less than two thousand three hundred milligrams per day. Here’s some ways to make sure you’re not eating too much sodium:

  • Avoid the salt shaker, salty snacks, and processed foods. Most sodium consumed in the U.S. comes from salts added during commercial food processing and preparation. High-sodium dishes account for almost half of the sodium consumed. These can include burgers, sandwiches, tacos, rice, pasta, grains, pizza; meat, poultry, seafood, and soups.
  • Read food nutrition labels and monitor all the sodium in your foods and drinks, not just the salt added when cooking or eating. Herbs and spices can also be used instead of salt to add flavor to dishes.
  • A valuable resource is the DASH diet, which was created to help people lower their blood pressure and lose weight through diet and lifestyle changes.

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