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How can I eat less salt?

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Packaged foods often have a lot of salt in them, since salt is a preservative. Cooking your own meals is the best way to control how much sodium goes into your food.

Choose fresh poultry, fish, and meat instead of processed or smoked varieties. Opt for fresh fruits or vegetables instead of canned; or use low-sodium canned. If you use canned foods, such as veggies or beans, rinse them first to wash away some of the sodium.

For side dishes, make brown rice or whole baked sweet or white potatoes instead of instant or flavored rice or mashed potatoes.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans - 2005," "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Cook, N. , published online April 20, 2007. BMJ

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Tips for Managing Your Congestive Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on April 23, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans - 2005," "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Cook, N. , published online April 20, 2007. BMJ

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Tips for Managing Your Congestive Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on April 23, 2018

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