Understanding how much sodium is in table salt is an important step in taking control of your low sodium lifestyle. If you’re watching your sodium intake and are still using table salt or are tempted to, knowing exactly how much sodium is in the salt you’re using can have a big impact on your health.
Most table salts are made up of about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. That translates to about 590 mgs of sodium in 1/4 teaspoon of table salt. If your goal is to consume 1,500 mg or less per day of sodium that’s more than 1/3 of your sodium intake for a day. (Check with your doctor for their recommended daily sodium limit for you.)
Keep in mind, different types of salts may have more or less sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. The same amount of salt can have more or less sodium depending on the size of the salt grains. If you measure out 1/4 teaspoon of larger grain salts, like pink Himalayan sea salt and kosher salt, there will be less sodium simply because fewer of their larger grains will fit into your measuring spoon. This doesn’t mean these types of salt are better for you or healthier. The sodium content may vary but bottom line, salt is salt, so proceed with caution.
If you are using salt in small quantities, measure the amount you can safely add to your recipe before you start cooking so you can be confident in the amount you’re using. Beware the sprinkle, you might think you’re just adding a little but those shakes and pinches can add up.
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