How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Sodium on Food Labels

How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Sodium on Food Labels


Hi. I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment, I’m going to talk about sodium and
where to find it on the food label. If you look here on this food label, sodium is listed
here. And on this food label, if you consume sixteen chips, you will get two-hundred and
forty milligrams of sodium. It is recommended that a healthy individual not exceed more
than four thousand milligrams of sodium a day. People who have diabetes and heart disease
should not exceed two thousand to three thousand milligrams of sodium a day. You can consult
your doctor or dietitian to find out the right amount of sodium for you. When you look at
the food guide pyramid, it is sometimes difficult to find which items, which products, contain
sodium. Sodium is often found in a lot of convenience foods and packaged foods. Also,
it’s found when these foods are being cooked because people will go ahead and add sodium.
So the best way to decrease your sodium is to not add it during cooking or to not add
it when you are consuming food at a restaurant or at the table at home. It’s important to
decrease your sodium levels and keep them low because sodium has the potential of increasing
blood pressure which can lead to stroke. So, it is important that you pay attention to
the sodium levels in your food. The way to do that would be to read the food label.