Practice Safe Salt

Protect yourself–get the skinny on sodium and spread the word.

Abstinence isn’t reasonable. Salt is in everything we eat — from fresh chicken to breads to cheeses — and it’s okay to indulge, as long as it’s in moderation. Get better acquainted with sodium and its health effects so you and your loved ones can Practice Safe Salt.

Ready to Practice Safe Salt? Learn more about the culinary breakthrough that can reduce your sodium intake by as much as 70 percent.

See what happens when you flirt with excess sodium.

Test Yourself

Think excess sodium can't happen to you? Take these quizzes to test your Salt IQ.

Salt Smarts Quiz

A harmless flirtation with sodium is good for you, but it's easy to go overboard and find yourself in an unhealthy relationship. Before getting cozy with your next meal, find out if you're adequately protecting your heart from excess sodium.


Do You Practice Safe Salt?

Temptation is all around — at home, at work and especially at the grocery store where sodium lurks in unsuspecting places. Opting for low-sodium foods doesn’t mean your tastes buds can’t be tantalized. Take this quiz to find out how much you really know about practicing safe salt.

The dating app that best describes how you dip your sushi in soy sauce is:

You check food labels for sodium content as often as:

The song lyric that best describes how you add salt to your food is:

Your date asks you if you’ve been tested … for high blood pressure, that is. Your answer is:

You eat prepackaged foods like you watch:

The odds of you changing your eating habits to consume less sodium are like:

It's okay to flirt with sodium.
Whether you’re a Salty Dog, a Salt Tease or the Salt of the Earth, Salt for Life® can help you reduce your sodium intake while enjoying the foods you love.

Salt Ed.

  • Your parents never gave you "the talk" about safe salt? Don't worry, we'll explain.
    Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of sodium chloride – such as kosher salt, sea salt and Himalayan salt – while the food we eat contains other forms of sodium. Because sodium affects our overall health, we need to watch out for salt and sodium.”
  • Too much sodium can be bad for your health. It is linked to increased risk for osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.
  • Sodium causes water retention, which can increase blood pressure. Too much of it is also linked to increased risk for stroke and heart failure.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, of which high blood pressure is a major risk factor.
  • 90% of Americans over age 2 consume too much sodium.
  • 2,300 mg



    3,400 mg

    Most of us eat more than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 mg of sodium.

You might be surprised to find out how much sodium is in the typical foods you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Find the hidden salt below!

There are many steps you can take to lower sodium:

at the grocery store

Check nutrition labels!
Pick lower sodium options.

Beware of high-sodium products that don't taste salty – breads, cereals, sauces, cheese.

in the kitchen

Follow proper serving sizes.

Cook from scratch, adding flavor with spices, fresh herbs and lemon juice.

Rinse canned vegetables and beans before eating.

Use alternative salts like Salt for Life®.

at the table

Limit added salt (including sea salt, kosher salt, and Himalayan salt – all salt is salt!)

Eat foods that are high in potassium such as bananas, leafy greens, and potatoes, as potassium counterbalances excess sodium in your body.

Safe Salt Promise

Make a promise that won't suck the fun out of your social life.

Sodium — it’s not me, it’s you, and I want to break up. I’m committed to my health, and when there’s too much of you in my life, it’s just not good for me or my heart. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not turning my back on the great salt taste I love, just standing up for my health. Starting today, I promise to learn more about reducing sodium from the foods I enjoy and to share this important health information with others. We can still be friends sodium, just in small doses.


I promise to Practice Safe Salt.

Come on, you're more committed than that! Please enter a valid name and email address.
Thanks for promising to Practice Safe Salt. Encourage your loved ones to do it with you.