How to Decrease Sodium in Your Diet

June 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

The key to healthy eating, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, is choosing foods lower in salt and sodium. Most Americans consume more salt than they need. The current recommendation is to consume less than 2.3 grams of sodium a day. That equals 6 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of table salt a day.

Use these tips to reduce sodium in your diet:

  • Buy fresh, plain frozen or canned vegetables with no salt added
  • Use fresh poultry, fish and lean meat, rather than canned or processed types
  • Use herbs, spices and salt-free seasoning blends in cooking and at the table
  • Cook rice, pasta and hot cereals without salt
  • Cut back on frozen dinners, pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths and salad dressings
  • Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some sodium
  • When available, buy low- or reduced-sodium, or no-salt-added versions of foods

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Nutrition, To Your Health.

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