Most Americans are under the impression using sea salt instead of regular table salt is good for your heart.


However, few Americans realize sea salt, kosher salt, and gourmet salts are chemically the same as table salt (40 percent sodium) and count just as much toward total sodium consumption as regular salt.


It is estimated that about 75% of the sodium found in the American diet comes from sodium added to packaged and processed foods and from restaurant meals. The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, which is more than twice the recommended dosage of 1,500 milligrams for those ages 51 and older.


Unfortunately, as sodium intake rises, so does blood pressure and the risk of negative health outcomes. Sodium increases blood pressure and holds excess fluid in the body, adding more of a burden for the heart.


Unfortunately, the American Heart Association guidelines do not address the half of the population under age 51, whose meals are loaded with sodium and are at risk for high blood pressure, because they eat too much salt.


The current rise in high blood pressure among Americans poses a threat to the health and well-being of our entire populace if a commitment to reducing sodium consumption to 1,500 mg. a day for all Americans goes unsupported.


Fortunately, The American Heart Association launched its “Sodium Swap Challenge” on January 7, 2013, where they outline a challenge about how to kick your “salty ways in only 21 days.


The truth is you can change your palate in as little as three weeks if you begin reducing sodium today.

1/4 teaspoon salt = 600 mg sodium
1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,200 mg sodium
3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,800 mg sodium
1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium
1 teaspoon baking soda = 1000 mg sodium


Keep in mind these proportions and whenever possible substitute Engage Organics Original All-Purpose with the salt shaker. All-Purpose can be shaken directly into foods while cooking or at the table. You will never miss the salt!


By reducing the sodium in your diet, you will feel better, your jeans will fit better, and you will live a heart-healthier life by reducing your risk to be counted among the 90% of Americans who will face the risk of high blood pressure in their lives. Start today and take the challenge and Do Your Heart a Flavor by adding Engage Organics Salt-free Seasonings, instead of salt, to your foods.