Sodium is an essential nutrient found in varying quantities in nearly all foods. Salt (sodium chloride) enhances food flavours and adds to eating enjoyment.
Only small amounts of salt occur naturally in foods. Most salt is added during processing or at the table.
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors. Scientists have found several factors can be involved in the development of high blood pressure including overweight, increasing age, sedentary lifestyle and genetics.