Posted on 08/18/2017 at 11:00 AM by Troy Cummings
Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans eat more sodium (salt) than they need? Too much sodium increases your risk for health problems like high blood pressure.
Luckily, to eat less sodium, you don’t have to make lots of changes at once. If you cut back on sodium little by little, your taste for salt will change with time.
First, know your limit. The average adult should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (1 teaspoon) and those with high blood pressure should consume no more than 1,500 mg.
- Use the Nutrition Facts label to check the amount of sodium in foods. Try to choose products with 5% Daily Value (DV) or less. Sodium content of 20% DV or more is high.
- Load up on vegetables, fruits, beans, and peas, which are naturally low in sodium. Fresh, frozen, and dried options are all good choices.
- When you buy canned foods (like vegetables, beans, or fish), choose ones with labels that say “low sodium,” “reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”
- Limit processed meats – especially ones that are salted, smoked, or cured, like hot dogs, bacon, and deli meats.