The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has released a sodium action report detailing efforts to help reduce sodium intake and improve the health of Canadians. The report provides progress recommendations for future actions in support of sodium reduction. Furthermore, it encourages the federal government to move forward on a national approach. View the Reducing the Sodium Intake of Canadians: A Provincial and Territorial Report on Progress and Recommendations for Future Action document. Meanwhile, Health Canada has released Guidance for the Food Industry on Reducing Sodium in Processed Foods. This report gives direction for the food industry to continue sodium reduction efforts and help Canadians achieve the average sodium intake goal of 2,300 mg a day by 2016. … Continue reading
You may think, really…Dietitian Jane is talking sodium again. The fact is, sodium deserves our attention, from the busy mom grocery shopping to the food manufacturer developing products for the grocery store shelves to public health professionals and policy makers. It is important. Our Relationship with Sodium From table salt to our grandma’s delicious homemade dill pickles, sodium can be found in almost any food we eat. It is used to enhance food safety, preservation, flavour and to add structure and texture to foods. Sodium, an essential nutrient for our bodies, means we need to consume it through our diet. Canadians (and probably you too) are getting too much – almost double what we need. Research suggests that the average intake … Continue reading
A study I completed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, highlighting significant sodium reductions in Canadian food products prompted by the Health Check program, was published in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research this month. I'm pleased this information can now be shared with my colleagues, the food industry and the public. With the current food supply and the eating habits of Canadians, reducing the amount of sodium in the foods available in Canada is a priority concern. Read more about my study and other studies (press release) initiated by the The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Every year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation dedicates the month of February as Heart Month. It is used to raise awareness across the country about the serious risks associated with heart disease and stroke. This year’s campaign is titled “Make Death Wait”, with startling and effective commercials used to raise awareness. You can check out the commercials at http://mdw.heartandstroke.ca. According to the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada, heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada, with someone becoming another victim every 7 minutes in Canada. Over the past 40 years, the rates of heart disease and stroke have been steadily declining, with a 25% decrease in the past ten years. What … Continue reading
Think about what you ate yesterday……Did you consume too much sodium? 77 to 80% of our dietary sodium comes from processed and/or convenience and/or restaurant food and only 11% from meals prepared from scratch The maximum daily recommendation for adults is 2300 mg of sodium (1 tsp of table salt) Dietitians suggest between 1500 and 2300 mg a day Research shows the average Canadian adult consumes in excess of 3100 mg of sodium a day Examples of the amount of sodium in convenience and restaurant foods Tomato Juice (250 ml) = 545 mg sodium (24% of max recommendation) Baked Blueberry Muffin = 480 mg sodium (21% of max recommendation) Frozen cheese and spinach quiche (170 gm) = 590 mg sodium … Continue reading