The Sodium Working Group released their strategy for Canada at a press conference today. As a RD, I’ve been working in the area of sodium reduction (with industry, consumers and associations) for over 5 years. Sodium is an essential nutrient required for certain functions in the body. Currently, in industrialized countries (including Canada) the majority of consumers’ intake exceeds Dietary Recommended Intake (DRI) Adequate Intake of 1,500 mg per day.

Important consumer tips:

  • Read the sodium amount on Nutrition Facts Table of packaged foods – noting the % DV is based on 2,400 mg/day (which is close to the Upper Tolerable Limit of sodium intake);
  • Ask restaurants to provide you with the sodium content of their menu choices;
  • Some companies are making excellent progress at reducing the sodium content in their foods.

Article of interest http://www.flanagan.ca/news/sodium_gluten.php