In short, we get too much. Even more than the Americans do.
The average person should get no more than 2300mg of salt per day (That's about the size of a teaspoon). Most Canadians consume 2-3x more than this on a regular basis.
Excessive salt intake can lead to a bunch of issues including water retention and increased blood pressure.
Think cutting back at the table will help? Maybe a little, but 80% of the salt we consume actually comes from the packaged products we buy:
Soups, Condiments, Crackers, Cereals, Deli Meats....just to name a few.
Believe it or not, BREAD is one of the major sources in Canadian diets and that's only because we consume it so often. Many bread manufacturers in Canada add a lot of unnecessary salt to their recipes.
And don't think just because it doesn't taste salty it can't be high in salt.
For example: 1 cup of corn flakes has the same amount of salt as a serving of salted peanuts. Hard to believe right?
So what about just switching to Sea Salt? It must be better right?
Sorry again. Iodized Salt is 99.99% salt and Sea Salt it 99.98% salt. You may use a little less because it's a larger grain, but don't fool yourself into thinking it's significantly different.
1) READ THE LABEL. There may be a lower salt option out there
2) Try making things from scratch. Things like soup and salad dressings can be very simple. I'll be demonstrating a couple of salad dressings on TV later this week so be sure to tune in!
3) If you use canned vegetables or beans, rinse them off.
Salt is a hard thing to avoid, but if you are more aware, you can reduce the amount you get in a day!