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Raising awareness for a salt-free Ottawa

New daily sodium limits are up – can I stop worrying about how much salt I eat?

By LESLIE BECK, Special to the Globe & Mail

THE QUESTION

I heard the daily sodium limit has been increased. Does this mean I don’t have to be concerned about how much salt I eat?

THE ANSWER

Earlier this month Hypertension Canada announced a proposed recommendation to decrease daily sodium intake to 2,000 milligrams – an increase from the current 1,500-milligram limit – in an effort to lower blood pressure. This advice is aimed at people who have high-normal blood pressure or hypertension. If accepted by the Hypertension Canada’s recommendations task force, this new limit will become effective in January.

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