Did you know that 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods? So what can you? A well balanced healthy diet can still include amounts of sodium, the trick is to keep it in balance. Try these tips.
- When you are shopping for packaged or prepared foods, look at the labels and choose the product with the lowest amount of sodium (per serving). The same food in another brand can have lower sodium.
- Sometimes poultry has been injected with a sodium solution. Look for terms like “broth,” “saline” or “sodium solution”.
- Try to find low or reduced sodium salad dressings, salsas, and olives as well as sauces like ketchup and mustard. These types of condiments are usually high in sodium
- If you buy canned or frozen vegetables, get the kind with no added salt or sauce.
It may take a while to get used to the taste of lower sodium in your meals. Pick a few places to start and gradually change your ingredients. Your heart will thank you for it!