Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reducing salt in your diet a challenge: Here are some tips

Most people know that too much salt in your diet is a bad thing. What many don't know is that controlling that intake is a far more complicated task than just setting aside the salt shaker.
If you eat processed foods — everything from canned goods to bread to breakfast cereals — you are ingesting far more salt than you think. Ditto if you dine out frequently.
The little girl with the umbrella on the Morton's salt canister is a cute kid, but she spends way too much time sowing sodium in the nation's kitchens.
"It's very, very easy to exceed the amount of salt that constitutes a healthy level in your daily diet," says Andrew Freeman, a doctor at National Jewish Health in Denver who is director of clinical cardiology at the facility.
Consider: The American Heart Association recommends that people take in no more than 1,500 milligrams of salt per day. The United States Department of Agriculture is a bit looser, but still sets 2,300 mgs per day as the cap. That's about the equivalent of a teaspoon of table salt.
Anything beyond that and you risk courting high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and other problems.
By William Porter
For the rest of the story, go to The Denver Post.

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