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Limiting sodium is important for healthy blood pressure and overall heart health. Yet most of us consume, on average, 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day. That’s much more than the daily 2,300 mg recommended limit put out in the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. (If that sounds like a lot to you, keep in mind it’s the equivalent of just 1 teaspoon of table salt.)
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Limiting sodium is important for heart health—and keeping under a cap of 1,500 mg of sodium per day requires some shopping savvy. Use these helpful hints to guide you through the aisles.
Americans have a supersized salt habit. (On average we eat 3,400 milligrams of sodium in a day, which is about 11⁄2 teaspoons of salt.) If we—as a population—slashed sodium by about 1,000 mg (1⁄2 teaspoon) out of our daily diets, we’d lower our risk of heart disease by up to 9 percent, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Save salt with these 3 easy ways to trim 1,000 mg of sodium:
1. Trade a meaty personal-size pizza for a veggie version.
2. Eat 1 less tablespoon soy sauce with your sushi.
Call me crazy, but when I think of the nutritional impact of sugar cookies, I think of sugar. Weird, right? I’m sure most people think of health concerns like added sugars and fats when eyeing a plate of snickerdoodles or tea cakes (or, you know, after you’ve polished off two or three). But for a great many people dealing with high blood pressure or heart disease, tasty baked treats carry another health concern: too much salt.