Do I have to give up salt? No. But most people eat more than they need. Some health authorities say that sodium intake should not be more than 2,400 mg. Nutrition labels also list a Daily Value (upper limit) of 2,400 mg per day of sodium. Much of the sodium in people’s diets comes from salt they add while cooking and at the table. One teaspoon of salt provides about 2,000 mg of sodium.
Go easy on salt and foods that are high in sodium including cured meats, luncheon meats, and many cheeses, most canned soups and vegetables, and soy sauce. Look for the lower salt and no-salt added versions of these products at your supermarket.17