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Sodium intake can affect your body's blood pressure. Often times, people who have a high sodium intake develop high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease.
It is important to watch your sodium intake. The American Heart Association recommends that adults who are healthy take in no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. This measures out to be approximately one teaspoon of salt a day.
To reduce sodium in your diet, you can make some simple lifestyle choices. Eat fresh vegetables. If you can't choose fresh vegetables then choose frozen or canned vegetables that have no salt added. By simply choosing some easy changes, you can lower your risk of heart disease!
When using broths for cooking, choose unsalted or low-sodium broths. Regular broths are often loaded with sodium. The lower-sodium broths often have the same great flavor without all the unhealthy sodium.
When choosing dairy products, choose low-fat versions of milk, cheese, and yogurt. Cheese is also available in lower sodium versions. You can still enjoy your dairy, without all the extra sodium.
When cooking or baking try not using salt for flavor. Instead add delicious flavor by using spices or herbs. If you must use sodium-based spices, look for low-sodium versions of your favorites. They may cost a bit more, but are much better for you!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|