Simple swaps to get the salt out.

EatingWell Editors
December 16, 2010

Simple swaps to get the salt out.

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.

3. Make your snack-pack carrots instead of pretzels.

January/February 2011