Nutrition Basics for Eating Out: Sodium

For better or worse, it’s good to understand some of the basics to help you make the best choices at restaurants and at beyond.  These are some of the big names in nutrition that you’ll want to get to know:
Sodium – In moderation, sodium is a must for your body to function properly.  This electrolyte helps to control blood pressure and blood volume as well as muscle and nerve function.  The  Dietary Guidelines recommend 2300 mg of sodium per day, which is equivalent to one teaspoon of table salt.  For some groups, the limit is lowered to 1500 mg per day. 
Unfortunately, most of us far exceed this recommendation, increasing the risk of high blood pressure.  Opting for lower sodium choices can help prevent you from exceeding the recommended daily limit
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