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Sodium: You Need It, Just a Lot Less

Sodium has it's controversies, find out what the recommendations are for intake and why.


An Evidence-Based resource from the Wellness and Cardiovascular Health subunit of SCAN.

The average American consumes 1100 mg more sodium than recommended each day. A reduced sodium intake may lower blood pressure, prevent hypertension, help control existing hypertension, and can prevent cardiovascular disease.

Length: 1 page, double-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Sodium, Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension, Potassium, Meal Planning


Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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