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Low-Sodium Diet Plan: 1,500 Calories

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Salt can quickly turn a bland dish into something delicious. A little bit goes a long way to amp up the flavor and it's definitely a kitchen essential.

7-Day Heart-Healthy Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:31

A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons to protect against heart disease. In fact, incorporating heart-healthy foods, exercising more, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can help reduce cardiovascular disease-related deaths 50 percent. With this simple 1,200-calorie meal plan, you'll protect your heart and lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week in the process. The meals and snacks in this plan feature heart-healthy foods, like fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lean protein and fats like olive oil and avocado. Saturated fat, added sugars and sodium (nutrients that can harm your heart in large amounts) are kept to a minimum and instead, dishes are seasoned with lots of herbs and spices to keep things flavorful and exciting.

Low-Sodium Healthy Aging Meal Plan: 2,000 Calories

This healthy aging meal plan provides healthy amounts of protein, fiber and calcium (the nutrients you need more of as you age) and utilizes fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to pack in flavor while keeping the sodium low (below 1,500 mg). With plenty of hearty whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, this 1-day low-sodium meal plan will do your body good as you age.

1-Day Low-Sodium Healthy-Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,200 calories

Some women experience a condition known as preeclampsia during their pregnancy, which may require a low-sodium diet to control symptoms like high-blood pressure and fluid build-up. If you've been diagnosed with preeclampsia by your doctor, you will likely be asked to limit the amount of salt you're eating each day.

Go Ahead, Rethink the Saltshaker

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:14

If you've been watching your sodium intake, is it time to pick the saltshaker back up? The Dietary Guidelines say that Americans should cap their sodium intake at 2,300 mg (about 1 teaspoon of salt) per day. But this may be too low, suggests a new study. Drawing on data from 130,000 people in 49 countries, researchers found that sodium intake below 3,000 mg per day (or 11/3 teaspoons of salt) was associated with increased risk of stroke, heart attack or cardiovascular disease—regardless of whether a person had high or healthy blood pressure.