Effects of Excess Sodium Infographic
9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium.
Where does sodium come from?
65% supermarkets & convenience stores
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
Amount of sodium an American consumes on average in a day
Recommended by the AHA for ideal heart health
Excess levels of sodium/salt may put you at risk for:
- Enlarged heart muscle
- Kidney disease
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Stomach Cancer
Excess levels of sodium/salt may cause:
Increased Water Retention that leads to:
- Weight gain
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