Feeling Salty

In a world of fast and processed food, salt adds up quickly: 1 restaurant meal may contain a full day of sodium. High blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease and stroke can result from too much salt — many experts recommend no more than 1500 milligrams of sodium daily. So take some salty advice:


  • Avoid processed foods such as luncheon meat, bacon, hot dogs, sausage, and ham
  • Cook brown rice and whole grain pasta without adding salt
  • Cut back on frozen and packaged meals, traditionally loaded with sodium
  • Put the salt shaker away and try herbs, spices, and other seasonings
  • Learn what the food labels mean:

    – Sodium free or no sodium = 5 milligrams of sodium or no sodium chloride in ingredients

    – Very low sodium = 35 milligrams or less of sodium

    – Low sodium = 140 milligrams or less of sodium

    – Reduced or less sodium = At least 25% less sodium than the regular product.

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