Are you like me and reach for the salt shaker before even tasting your food or assume that unless you add salt to the food while it’s cooking, you’re not doing a good job? Or look at a bucket of salt meat and think how good it’s going to taste? If so, you’re with the majority of the Canadian population. The amount of sodium consumed by Canadians is currently estimated at 3400 mg per day, on average. Now consider that a kidney specialist told me the other day that we should be consuming no more than 1200mg per day! Many of us are doing three times that OR MORE. A diet high in sodium is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. Using that 1200mg/day as an indication, I grabbed three cans out of the cupboards this morning. Here’s what I found: Chef Boyardee Lasagna (Pasta with beef in tomato sauce) 425g – for the can 1460mg sodium; Compliments Cut Green Beans 398ml - for the can about 540mg sodium; Graves Beans with Pork in molasses 540ml – for the can about 1880mg sodium. There was no particular reason to pick those cans – they were simply at the front of the shelf. The results are simply mind boggling. The kidney specialist asked me if I was watching my salt intake … I am now. (Here’s a possible resource for you).