A Salty Situation

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Organization: Health Canada

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Published: 2018-07-06

3 out of 5 Canadians eat TOO MUCH SODIUMFootnote 1


1500 mg: How much sodium Canadians NEED/day
2760 mg: How much sodium Canadians EAT/day
That’s almost 2x the sodium we needFootnote 1 .

Too much sodium can cause high blood pressure and lead to HEART DISEASE and STROKEFootnote 2.

Percentage (%) of Canadian population eating too much sodiumFootnote 1 :

Children

1-3 yrs 49% 4-13 yrs 72%

MALES

FEMALES

14-18 yrs 92% 14-18 yrs 50%
19-30 yrs 96% 19-30 yrs 45%
31-50 yrs 75% 31-50 yrs 45%
>50 yrs 67% >50 yrs 29%

TOP 6 sources of SODIUM in our dietFootnote 1 :

  1. Bakery Products
  2. Appetizers/Entrées
  3. Processed Meat
  4. Cheese
  5. Soups
  6. Sauces/Condiments

The average restaurant meal item contains 1 DAY’S WORTH of the recommended intake of sodiumFootnote 3.

 

Learn how HEALTH CANADA is committed to reducing sodium in processed foods
www.canada.ca/healthy-eating-strategy

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Sodium Intake of Canadians in 2017 (July 2018). www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/food-nutrition/sodium-intake-canadians-2017.html

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Footnote 2

Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (July 2010). www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/sodium/related-information/reduction-strategy/recommendations-sodium-working-group.html

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Footnote 3

Scourboutakos, MJ., L’Abbé, MR. (2013). Sodium Levels in Canadian fast-food and sit-down restaurants. Can J Public Health. 104(1):e2–e8.

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