Drauzio
explains

Wait a minute. What’s sodium? Is it actually bad for you? Does it make any difference in food taste?

To answer to those questions, we invited the person who understands the most about health, Dr, Drauzio Varella, to reveal some myths and truths about sodium.

  • Where’s the sodium?

    Sodium is naturally present in meats, milk, cheeses and eggs. Nevertheless, its greatest presence is in the cooking salt, also known as sodium chloride, which has 40% of this mineral in its composition.

  • What about Brazilians’ dining table?

    In Brazilians’ dining table, 71% of the consumed sodium comes from cooking salt, followed by industrialized food (14%), bread roll (6%), fresh food (5%) and minimally processed food, like some flours (4%).

  • How much of sodium a day?

    World Health Organization recommends the consumption of 2,000mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 5 grams or 1 teaspoon of salt. Modern meal habits include a high level of sodium consumption all around the world.

  • What about Brazil?

    Brazilians consume, in average, 4.5 grams of sodium a day, which represents about 12 grams of salt, more than half of what the World Health Organization recommends.

  • Why sodium?

    Sodium is essential to maintain liquids in your body. The amount of sodium in your body must be balanced with the water volume – if you have less sodium than water, you will expel the water through urine, but if you have more, you will retain water, in order to dilute it.

  • How is it related to arterial blood pressure?

    Sodium helps controlling the arterial blood pressure, which is the pressure the blood applies on arteries and veins walls. Once you ingest the recommended amount of sodium, your arterial blood pressure remains on good levels.

  • Does sodium have any other role?

    Sodium is also fundamental in some nutrients absorption. That’s the case for glucoses (the smallest part of carbohydrates) and amino acids (the smallest part of proteins). They need energy to get inside body cells and sodium takes part in this process.

  • How do I balance sodium and potassium?

    World Health Organization indicates the daily consumption of 3.5grams of potassium. It can be found in many meal groups, specially fishes like hake or salmon, seeds like linseed, beans, fruits like banana and avocado, green salads and vegetables like eggplant and kale and dairy products.

  • Why is salt used so often in food?

    The salt is capable of enhancing many flavors in food, also helping with its conservation. That’s the reason why many additives with sodium in their composition are used to enhance sensitive characteristics and prolong shelf time for food products.

  • MYTHS AND TRUTHS
    ABOUT SODIUM

Less sodium, same flavor

Sadia products are present in your daily life. Thus, we’ve been working for years
to develop an exclusive technology to reduce 30% of the sodium in more than
40 products, keeping the flavors you love. And that’s only the beginning.

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To prove that it’s possible to eat healthier with less sodium,
we prepared some gastronomic experiences in 5 amazing places in Rio de Janeiro.

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FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

You will dine with amazing people,
try a delicious three-course meal
with less sodium and help
developing the local culinary economy.

YOUR SEAT BY THE TABLE

Book your seat by the table
of each one of the hosts,
handpicked by Sadia.

LET’S EAT HEALTHIER

Your job is to show up on the right date
and time to have this unbelievable
gastronomic experience.

ARABIC IN GAVEA

WITH SADIA FRIED CHICKEN

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CONTEMPORANEOUS CUISINE IN ROCINHA

WITH SADIA DRUMSTICKS AND
SADIA CALABRESE SAUSAGE

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HAMBURGUER IN HUMAITÁ

WITH SADIA GUANABARA SAUSAGE

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BRAZILIAN FOOD IN BABILÔNIA

WITH SADIA CHICKEN AND SAUSAGES

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ITALIAN IN BARRA

WITH SADIA TUSCAN SAUSAGE

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THE SUBJECT ON THE TABLE

To help answering questions on how to eat healthier, we had some more
than special guests in some of those dinners. Press play to check it out.

  • Let's eat better with Anitta

  • Let's eat better with Giba

  • Let's eat better with Marcio

Delicious as usual,
healthy as ever.

SADIA HEALTHIER
EVERY DAY

To reduce sodium in 30% is only one of the steps in this big movement. We’ve already reduced food preservatives. We’ve acquired international certifications in animal welfare. We’ve launched educational projects in about 300 schools.

And there’s much more coming up!

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