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Part of healthy eating is eating less sodium, or salt.
Does this sound hard?
It doesn't have to be, but you do have to think about it. You need to do more than just not use the salt shaker. After all, almost all foods contain sodium naturally or as an ingredient.
You can start reducing the sodium in your diet by:
Try not to eat high-sodium foods. These include:
If you know how much sodium is in foods, you can have more flexibility in what you eat. If you eat one high-sodium food, you can balance it with very low-sodium foods during the rest of the day. To do this:
Other Works ConsultedCanadian Hypertension Education Program (2011). Beyond the salt shaker: Get the facts on sodium. Available online: http://www.hypertension.ca/images/stories/dls/2011_Resources_En/SodiumGettheFactsEN.doc-1.pdf.Conference of Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health (2012). Reducing the sodium intake of Canadians: A provincial and territorial report on progress and recommendations for future action. Available online: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/reducing-sodium-intake.pdf.
Current as of: December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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