Salt and your Heart

February is Heart Health month.

So what does salt have to do with it?

Quite a bit…

Information courtesy of Mayo Clinic Embody Health.

LESS SALT MEANS A HEALTHY HEART!

Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease.  For these reasons, managing sodium intake is an important part of a heart-healthy diet.

The Department of Agriculture recommends:

  • Under 2,300 milligrams a day…healthy adults should have NO MORE than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day (about a teaspoon of salt).
  • Under 1,500 milligrams a day…People age 51 and older, African Americans, and people who have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease have no more than 1,500 mg a day.

Reducing the amount of sale you add to food at the table or while cooking is a good step to take toward reducing the sodium in your diet.  But did you know that much of the salt you eat comes from canned or processed foods?  How about the condiments you add to your food?  You can exceed 1,500 mg of sodium in just 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce!

Try these tips for reducing the amount of salt in your diet.

  1. Choose fresh foods.
  2. When choosing condiments such as ketchup, canned soups and prepared meals, look for reduced sodium options.
  3. To add flavor to your food, opt for herbs, spices and salt substitutes.

If you need your ketchup…

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