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Did you watch “The Great Salt Shakedown”, Marketplace’s investigation of salt hidden in our food, on CBC Television last Friday? They have analyzed the daily sodium intake of 80 Canadians by collecting their urine samples and found a great majority are consuming far more than the recommended amounts.
Overall, 99 per cent of those tested consumed more than the daily recommended 1,500 milligrams per day, while 77 per cent exceed the recommended maximum of 2,300 mg. High sodium intake is a major health problem in Canada; it’s a leading cause of hypertension, which afflicts one in five Canadians and can lead to obesity, strokes and heart attacks.
Part of the problem is that many Canadians don’t know where all that sodium comes from: They believe that most of our sodium comes from salt shaker when in fact most of it comes from processed foods.
The more the reason to cook from scratch, using fresh ingredients, and using spices and fresh herbs for seasoning, rather than salt. Dont’know how to do it? We can help you with any of SOS Cuisine Meal Plans, which are all based on the Mediterranean diet, are very tasty and easy to make.