You’re Probably Eating Way Too Much Sodium—Here’s How to Cut Back

Last Update: September 3, 2020

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Okay, what’s the deal with salt and sodium?

Our host Sara Snow breaks down exactly why you need salt, but watching your sodium intake is important too. First, salt and sodium are not synonymous—salt contains sodium, but it’s also made of other essential minerals and micronutrients that are necessary for the body to function.

Sodium is an electrolyte and an element (remember back to Chemistry 101 and the Periodic Table) that is present in salt. Sodium is also important for our bodies to function, but too much can have some not-so-great consequences to our health. Overdo it on the sodium and you’re looking at kidney damage, raised blood pressure that puts your heart at risk, and even dementia.

You’ll be shocked when you see where extra sodium is lurking in your everyday “healthy” favorites, how much sodium we’re supposed to eat and how much we actually ingest, and the easy (and inexpensive) ways to flavor food without salt. Watch the video for these tips and more!

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