Tips for Reducing Salt in Your Diet

4 May 2018 News

We live in a society that measures and medicates. All the tools and technology and medicines deployed to maintain heart health are a help — yet heart disease remains the No. 1 killer. And high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major contributor. Even so, heart disease is largely preventable, and much of that prevention lies in small steps that can make a big difference; diet is foremost among them. To lower your blood pressure, you need to reduce salt intake.

  1. Use fresh, rather than packaged, meats, the content is still much less than the hidden extra sodium added during processing in products.
  2. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables, as well, since they are very low in sodium. Canned and frozen fruits are also low in sodium
  3. When buying frozen vegetables, choose those that are labeled “fresh frozen” and do not contain added seasoning or sauces.
  4. Select spices or seasonings that do not list sodium on their labels, i.e. choose garlic powder over garlic salt
  5. Beware of products that don’t taste especially salty but still have high sodium content, such as cottage cheese
  6. If you have elevated blood pressure, dietary sodium restriction can not only lower your blood pressure, but can enhance your response to blood pressure medications.
  7. Avoid using added salts to your salads, fries etc.

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