Sodium is not just salt; any chemical listed in the ingredients with the word “sodium” counts, including sodium chloride (table salt).

Sticking with salt as sodium for now, though, take this picture into mind:

The average adult needs only about a tablespoons worth of sodium, but they often get twice as much

The average adult needs only about a tablespoon's worth of sodium, but they often get twice as much

You’ll know all you need to know about sodium after reading this impassioned Cooking Light article on CNN.com, written by a chef who had a sodium-induced heart attack. There are links to some great low-sodium recipes, too.

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