7 Ways to Tame Your Salt Habit

Your body needs salt to function, but too much of it raises your blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Here's how to cut back (8 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:43PM

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7 Ways to Tame Your Salt Habit

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Cut Back on Everyday Culprits

More than 40 percent of our sodium intake comes from food most of us eat every day, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The biggest offenders: bread, lunch meat such as deli ham or turkey, pizza, chicken soup, cheeseburgers and other sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes such as meat loaf, and snack foods such as potato chips (including canned tomato sauce), pretzels and popcorn. To sidestep these sodium traps, compare nutrition labels on your favorite foods because different brands vary in sodium content. You should also look for no- or low-sodium labels, says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Replace pre-packaged canned food wherever you can with lower-sodium alternatives like dried beans and frozen vegetables.

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