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All Your Questions About Salt, Answered

On average, how much salt do Canadians consume?

Sodium is an important part of the human diet; however, Canadians tend to consume more than double the recommended intake.36 In October 2013, Hypertension Canada modified the suggested sodium intake for the 14 to 50 age group to 2000mg per day.37

What happens when I consume too much salt?

When consumed in large quantities, sodium can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart and kidney diseases. 

How can I monitor how much salt I'm consuming?

Reading nutritional values tables on food products can help us monitor our sodium intake. Reducing consumption of many processed foods, packaged and ready-to-eat foods, restaurant foods and bakery products can moderate or lower sodium intake. These foods are usually higher in sodium content than those prepared from scratch.38

How much salt should I consume?

Try to keep your daily intake of salt under 1 teaspoon (2300mg of sodium).

 

Recommended daily intake of sodium39

Healthy... Should aim for the Adequate Intake (AI) of... Without going over the Upper Limit (UL) of...
Infants 0-6 months 120 mg/day No data
Infants 7-12 months 370 mg/day No data
Children 1-3 years 1,000 mg/day 1,500 mg/day
Children 4-8 years 1,200 mg/day 1,900 mg/day
Teens 9-13 years 1,500 mg/day 2,200 mg/day
Adults 14-50 years 1,500 mg/day* 2,000 mg/day (Hypertension Canada) 2,300 mg/day
Older adults 51-70 years 1,300 mg/day 2,300 mg/day
Older adults over 70 years 1,200 mg/day 2,300 mg/day
Pregnant women 1,500 mg/day 2,300 mg/day