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Eat Less Salt
Eating too much salt can be bad for your health. Salt is sodium and chloride. Sodium can increase your blood pressure and the chances of you having a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Arizona.
National dietary guidelines recommend that many adults eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day. For best health, some adults should eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day. You should limit your sodium intake to no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day, if:
- You are 40 years of age or older
- You are African American
- You have high blood pressure
Start today and become a "Champion for Change" to cut back on your sodium intake. A "Champion for Change" is anyone that makes healthy changes in their home or community. Being a Champion is about being committed to keeping you and your family healthy.
Begin today by taking these simple steps to eat less salt:
- Pledge to eat less salt-- Sign up for email alerts and pledge to reduce your salt intake.
- Know your recommended limits for daily sodium intake:
- No more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day for many adults
- Less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium for adults over 40 years old, African Americans, or for people with high blood pressure
- Read nutrition labels on the foods you buy. Sodium is listed on nutrition labels.
- Ask for foods low in sodium when you eat out or shop.