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Sodium on the Nutrition Facts Label

Sodium on the Nutrition Facts Label

NOTE: FDA has issued final changes to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. For more information, see Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.


Sodium: Look at the Label

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Over 70% of dietary sodium comes from eating packaged and prepared foods. Most Americans eat too much sodium. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, diets higher in sodium are associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure.

The Nutrition Facts label is a handy tool you can use every day to see the amount of sodium in packaged foods and beverages and make informed dietary choices. FDA’s education materials show you how!


Less Sodium in Your Diet

Sodium in Your Diet 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. Also available in PDF (1.42MB)

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.