10 Things to Banish from the Dinner Table

It's the one time of day we all sit down together, so why not make the most of it? Follow these 10 tips for making every meal healthier, tastier and more rewarding for all. (12 Photos)

Michele Bloomquist on Aug 31, 2011 at 5:49PM

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10 Things to Banish from the Dinner Table

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The Salt Shaker

Chances are that you and your family are eating too much sodium. (The American Heart Association recommends that adults get no more than 1,500 milligrams each day.) This nutrient might seem harmless—and tasty—but sodium has been associated with higher blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Season foods during cooking and leave the salt shaker in the kitchen. Doing so will help habitual salters break the habit of sprinkling their food before they even taste it. If you must, have a shaker filled with a salt alternative on hand to help fill the void.

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