5 Tips on Reducing Salt Intake
Eating less sodium can help
lower some people's blood pressure. This can help reduce the risk of heart
disease. Sodium is something we need in our diets, but most of us eat too much
of it. Much of the sodium we eat comes from salt we add to our food at the table
or that food companies add to their foods. So, avoid
adding salt to foods at the table and use these 5 tips to reduce your salt
- Take stock of the sources of salt in your diet, such
as restaurant meals, salt-based condiments, and convenience foods. Some of
these are really loaded with salt.
- Read the labels when shopping. Look for lower sodium
in cereals, crackers, pasta sauces, canned vegetables, or any foods with
- If you think your meals are high in sodium, balance
them by adding high-potassium foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Ask about salt added to food, especially at
restaurants. Most restaurant chefs will omit salt when requested.
- If you need to salt while cooking, add the salt at the
end; you will need to add much less. The longer the food cooks, the more the
salty flavor is muted and at the end, the final taste is on the top layer.
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FDA Consumer magazine (November-December 1997)
Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2005