Learn about hidden sources of sodium and how to eat less.
Most of us eat about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day. Downsizing our sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams daily would have major health benefits, slashing 16 million of the nation’s 68 million cases of hypertension and saving $26 billion health care dollars, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Even if most Americans were interested in eating less sodium, whittling our intake down seems like a nearly impossible task. That’s because sodium saturates our food supply, occurring naturally in many foods but also lurking in foods that don’t even taste salty. Even the healthiest diets pack stealth sodium: this day delivers about 4,000 milligrams. With a few easy swaps, you can slash that number to 1,500 milligrams or less.