You Should Know

May 2013 Issue

Rinse Canned Vegetables to Cut Sodium

Eating healthfully should never compromise flavor, even if your goal is to trim sodium. But, that may seem a tall order for Americans whose average sodium intake is more than 3,400 milligrams (mg)/day—that’s over 1,100 mg/day more than the recommended USDA Dietary Guidelines for healthy people (1,500 mg/day for those at-risk, which is about half of the population). And a 2010 Institute of Medicine report linked high sodium intake to hypertension, calling for steps to reduce intake in the U.S. Both a preservative and a seasoning, sodium often lurks in even the healthiest foods, such as canned beans and vegetables. Sodium content of canned foods can be surprising because we often don’t notice it’s there.

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