Eating less salt can substantially reduce the risk of health problems associated with high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke -- a cause of death for more than 2 out of every 3 people with diabetes.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, WebMD's director of nutrition, created this delicious and colorful meal of grilled salmon with black bean corn salsa and salad. It's a low-calorie lunch or dinner that is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The balance of complex carbs, protein, and good fats makes it diabetes-friendly, too.
Southwestern Grilled Salmon
Makes 4 servings
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
dash of salt
The USDA's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic kidney disease limit their salt intake to 1,500 mg daily -- or less than a teaspoon. Here are some guidelines to follow to help you keep your salt (sodium) intake down when eating out:
Select fresh fruit or vegetables.
Avoid soups and broths.
Stay away from bread and rolls with salty, buttery crusts.