Is sodium the same as salt? How much salt should I consume daily and how can I calculate salt content in foods?

Sodium is a component of salt but may also be part of different ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate etc. Sodium is also naturally occurring in all foods, whether derived from animals or plants and even though it is a necessary substance for our body, high consumption of sodium is connected to hypertension. According to modern guidelines, sodium consumption should be limited to 2,400 – 3,000mg daily. This corresponds to 6gr of salt daily (approximately 1 teaspoon in total). Considering that each gram of salt contains approximately 0,4gr of sodium, you can easily calculate the amount of salt content in a food product by doubling its sodium content.