Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods and prepared meals eaten away from home. Follow some of these tips to reduce your sodium intake:
- Prepare food using little salt or fewer high-sodium ingredients. Skip using salt in cooking pasta, rice, cereals and vegetables.
- Taste food before salting it, and use table salt only as needed, not as a habit.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, most of which contain little sodium.
- Use herbs, spices, rubs and fruit juices in cooking in place of salt.
- Check food labels for terms like low sodium, very low sodium or sodium free.
- Fresh meats, poultry, fish, dry and fresh legumes, unsalted nuts, eggs, milk and yogurt all contain less sodium.
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