Test Your Salt Knowledge

by | Mar 27, 2024 | Blog, Nutrition

Many people know that we consume too much salt in our diets but aren’t aware of other salt nutrition facts. See how much you know about salt!

1. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2020-2025), recommends for most people 14 years and older, sodium intake should not exceed:
A. 1,500 mg/day
B. 2,300 mg/day
C. 3,000 mg/day

2. What is the approximate average daily sodium intake for Americans 2 years and older?
A. 1,500 mg
B. 2,300 mg
C. 3,400 mg

3. Which of the following are benefits from reducing the amount of sodium in our diets?
A. Lowered blood pressure
B. Reduced risk of heart disease
C. Reduced risk of stroke
D. All of the above

4. Approximately how much of our sodium come from processed foods?
A. 45%
B. 57%
C. 65%
D. 71%

5. Can foods be high in salt without tasting salty?
A. Yes
B. No

Answers:
1. B. 2,300 mg/day. Sodium intake should not exceed 2,300 mg per day.
2. C. 3,400 mg. This is about 1.5 teaspoons of salt per day.
3. D. All of the above.
4. D. 71%. The best way to decrease the amount of sodium in your diet is to limit processed foods.
5. A. Yes. Foods don’t have to taste salty to be high in sodium. Check the nutrition facts label to know the amount of sodium per serving.

Source: food.unl.edu

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