Salt is a crystalline compound that contains sodium, but the two are not synonymous. Many people eat too much salt, putting them at greater risk for cardiovascular diseases as they get older. Eating less salt can help lower your blood pressure or prevent it from developing in the first place.

1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 milligrams of sodium
1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium
3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium
1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

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