Sodium: How Much is Too Much?
Intended Audience: General adult population and adults with heart disease/hypertension
Do you often find that patients are misunderstanding how much, why and where they can limit the amount of sodium in their diet? Or perhaps they tell you, “I don’t use salt”? This handout might help YOU help THEM understand.
This educational sodium handout is a comprehensive low sodium facts and tips sheet created to use alone or to supplement other low sodium or heart health dietary handouts. This 2-page PDF document will explain the relationship between sodium and heart health while following American Heart Association recommendations.
Following heart healthy diet restrictions can be frustrating!
Thinking about all the foods you CANNOT eat can be disheartening. Heart patients may feel too restricted and unsure how to change their eating patterns or food choices and want to quit before they even start.
Here’s the answer!
Knowing that facts are a great place to start when taking charge of one’s heart health. This handout with give clear and concise evidence-based guidelines and examples of food and snack items that are naturally low in sodium.
Get familiar with which foods may be adding unnecessary sodium. Help educate yourself or patients on which foods they CAN eat to feel more CONFIDENT AND FULFILLED! American Heart Association Guidelines are referenced and a reputable source for all things heart-related.
Help clients realize that just because they do not use a salt shaker, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re staying within low sodium guidelines.
- Easy to Read
Information touches on several topics including:
- Sodium facts
- AHA daily sodium recommendation
- Signs/symptoms of consuming too much sodium
- Foods high in sodium
- Foods low in sodium
- Salt substitute options
- What to look for on nutrition labels
- Low sodium snack ideas
For more heart healthy info and handouts, check out the Kiran Campbell Nutrition webpage at:
Or check out other handouts that I offer:
- Top 25 Best Foods for Heart Health
- Salt Substitute Guide
- Plant-Based Omega-3 ALA [FREE]
- Heart Healthy Cooking Substitutions [FREE]
- Heart Healthy Grocery Guide [FREE]
Here’s to eating heart healthy for life!
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