Salt and High Blood Pressure

Reducing Sodium in Your Diet

The following are suggestions for lowering salt intake:
  • Read food labels. Choose foods with less salt and sodium.


  • Buy fresh, plain frozen, or canned "no salt added" vegetables.


  • Use fresh poultry, fish, and lean meat rather than canned or processed types.


  • Use herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning blends in cooking and at the table.


  • Choose "convenience" foods that are lower in sodium. Cut back on frozen dinners, pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths, and salad dressings -- these often have a lot of sodium.


  • Cook rice, pasta, and hot cereals without salt. Cut back on instant or flavored rice, pasta, and cereal mixes, which usually have added salt.


  • Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some sodium.


  • When available, buy low-sodium, reduced-sodium, or no-salt-added versions of foods.


  • Choose ready-to-eat breakfast cereals that are lower in sodium.

Preparing Meals With Less Salt

The following suggestions can help you reduce the amount of salt when you cook:
  • Add less salt at the table and in cooking. Reduce the amount a little each day until none is used. Try spices and herbs instead.
  • Cook with low-salt ingredients. Remove salt from recipes whenever possible. Rice, pasta, and hot cereals can be cooked with little or no salt.
  • Use fewer sauces, mixes, and "instant" products. This includes flavored rice, pasta, and cereal, which usually have salt added.
  • Rinse salt from canned foods.
  • Limit your consumption of smoked, cured, or processed beef, pork, or poultry.
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