Check out this cool new sodium calculator launched by our friends at the University of Toronto. Now you can find out what your daily sodium intake is in a few simple clicks!
Here’s what they have to say about this cool new tool:
On average, Canadians consume approximately 3,400 mg of sodium per day, which is more than two times the recommended amount. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. High sodium intake has also been linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis, stomach cancer and severity of asthma.
“Many Canadians think the biggest source of salt in their diet comes from a salt shaker, but that’s not the case – it’s the hidden sodium added during food production that’s the biggest culprit,” says Dr. Joanne Arcand, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at U of T, who helped develop the calculator. “Enabling people to monitor their sodium intake has personal benefits – like lowering blood pressure and risk of heart disease – but it can also dramatically reduce overall health care costs.”