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Sodium: Look at the Label

NOTE: FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. For more information, see Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label. 


Sodium: Look at the Label

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Over 75% of dietary sodium comes from eating packaged and restaurant foods. Most Americans eat too much sodium, and sodium has been linked to high blood pressure, which can increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.

The Nutrition Facts Label is a handy tool you can use every day to get less sodium through smart dietary choices. FDA’s education materials show you how!

WATCH a video: "Don't let your food take you by surprise. Read the label!"


Fact sheet on Sodium

Sodium Fact Sheet: A printable backgrounder that offers the basics on sodium’s health effects, easy how-to’s for using the Nutrition Facts Label to reduce sodium intake, and practical tips for getting less sodium through smart dietary choices.

Print-friendly Sodium Fact Sheet (PDF - 2.24MB)


Nutrition Facts label with “Choose Less Sodium, 20% DV or more per serving is high!”

Sodium Infographic: An at-a-glance visual tool that includes a handy simple call to action for using the Nutrition Facts Label to reduce sodium intake.