Effects of Excess Sodium Infographic

Excess Sodium Infographic

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9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium.

Where does sodium come from?

65% supermarkets & convenience stores

25% restaurants

10% other sources

Shake Out Salt

Keep your sodium intake in check as part of an overall heart-healthy eating pattern that emphasizes:

  • Variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Skinless poultry and fish
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Non-tropical vegetable oils
  • Limiting saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugary drinks

3,400 milligrams

Amount of sodium an American consumes on average in a day

1,500 milligrams

Recommended by the AHA for ideal heart health

Your Health

Excess levels of sodium/salt may put you at risk for:

  • Enlarged heart muscle
  • Headaches
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney stones
  • Stomach Cancer

Excess levels of sodium/salt may cause:

Increased Water Retention that leads to:

  • Puffiness
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain


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