How can I reduce my salt intake?

by Tory McBroom

Q: I think I might be taking in too much sodium.  How can I reduce my sodium intake?

A: According to the Mayo Clinic, most organizations recommend not exceeding the range of 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) a day for healthy adults.  So, if you are consuming more than this amount you will want to cut back.  And every little bit helps!  Check out this startling statistic: Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year.  The best way to reduce your salt consumption is to simply make the bulk of your diet consist of whole foods and to read labels.  Also, try seasoning foods you prepare with spices instead of salt to enhance flavor.

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