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Eat for a Healthy Heart

Cut Back on Sodium

If your diet includes a lot of fruits and vegetables, you'll eat fewer processed foods, which are loaded with salt, or sodium. Salt holds excess fluid in your body, raising your blood pressure and your chances of heart disease and stroke. Most people in the U.S. eat more than twice the sodium that they should, and most of it comes from processed foods, like deli meats, and canned items like soup or tomato sauce. Choose fresh foods and season them with herbs.

Eating fruits and vegetables also boosts potassium, another way to lower sodium. Potassium sends more sodium out of your body in urine and helps lower blood pressure. Bananas, raisins, oranges, and white and sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium.

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Reviewed on March 27, 2014

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