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Sodium and Food Labeling

Reading labels on purchased goods is a necessary step in reducing sodium content in the foods that are consumed.  Read the Nutrition Facts label before buying manufactured food items.

·         Be sure to check the serving size and the number of servings per container.

·         Choose products labeled low-sodium, low-salt, reduced sodium or reduced salt.

·         Compare brands and choose the product with less sodium.  Products containing high quantities of sodium may not taste salty.

·         It is better to use the actual number of sodium  mg’s listed on label for the product rather than the percentage given as there is no standard for Daily Value.  Some manufacturers use 2,300 mg of sodium per day, some use 2,400 mg sodium per day as their standard.  Most use the 2,400 mg of sodium, which means that the daily value percentage would be less than if they used the 2,300 mg of sodium daily value.

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