Tips for Reducing Salt Intake

Reducing Salt Intake: The Changes You Should Consider:

1.  Limit the amount of potato chips and other salty snacks that you eat.

2.  Try salt-free seasonings.

3.  Try using herbs, spices, and other alternatives to salt.

4.  Read labels, and look for salt in unexpected places. (Hint: tomato and vegetable-juice cocktails often have a lot of salt.)

5.  Try reduced-sodium and salt-free products.

6.  Prepare foods with half the amount of salt recommended in the recipe. Or consider leaving out all of the salt in a recipe and letting people add their own. They will probably use only a fraction of the amount called for in the recipe.

7.  When eating at a restaurant, ask whether a recipe or serving can be made with less salt or no salt at all.

8.  Try reducing salt intake by consuming a substitute. Some are made to help lower blood pressure while giving you important nutrients.

9.  Cook rice, pasta, and hot cereals without salt.

10.  Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some of the salt.

A diet high in salt could contribute to high blood pressure.