Eating less sodium

Bowls of chili powder, curry powder, and dried herbs.For many people, eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which can cause stroke and heart disease. Foods that are high in sodium include cheese, deli meats, hot dogs, canned soup, prepared foods, and condiments like ketchup. Check the label on packaged foods and choose ones that are “low sodium” or “no salt added” to reduce your sodium. Try eating more fresh foods, too, like fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables. Cooking food at home is another great way to lower sodium because it allows you to control how much salt is in your food. Instead of salt, try herbs, spices, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, or no-salt seasoning mixes. Cutting back on salt little-by-little will allow your body to adjust to the natural flavors of foods, so you won’t need to use so much salt. Eat healthy and enjoy your food with less salt! 

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