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Tips to reduce salt intake

Too much sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke.


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommend a maximum sodium intake of less than 2,300 milligrams per day. The guidelines also recommend further reducing sodium to 1,500 milligrams per day if:

  • you are 51 years of age or older
  • you are black
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you have diabetes
  • you have chronic kidney disease

Tips to reduce sodfium intake:

  • Choose low- or reduced-sodium or no-salt-added versions of foods and condiments.
  • Use fresh poultry, fish and lean meats instead of processed meats.
  • Reduce the amount of packaged and frozen foods you eat.
  • Rinse canned foods to remove added salt.
  • Replace salt with other seasonings.

For more information, tips and healthy recipes, download this helpful guide.