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An image with the words "too much salt" drawn in a spilled pile of salt on a blue surfaceIt’s World Salt Awareness Week 2014, and this year, the focus is on the need for clear and consistent nutrition labeling – so consumers can make smarter food choices.

What is Sodium?

“Sodium” and “salt” are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. Sodium is a component of salt and is measured in milligrams. Salt, usually measured in grams, contains 40% sodium and 60% chloride.

According to CDC, the average American consumes 3,400 mg of sodium every day, which is more than double the recommended amount for most healthy adults.

Did you know that more than 75% of the sodium you eat comes from packaged, processed and restaurant foods? In fact, many people are surprised to learn that the top sources of sodium in this country include bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats and pizza.

Why Can Too Much Sodium Be Dangerous?

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