Healthy Hearts Challenge Tip 5: Wash Away Sodium

By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.  |  Thursday, February 2, 2012
To celebrate American Heart Month and our Healthy Hearts Challenge, every day this week we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip:
Tip 5: Wash Away Sodium.
Most of the sodium in our diets—approximately 77%—comes from prepared or processed foods, but sometimes using convenience items, like canned beans and tuna, can make it easier to eat more healthfully. The good news: rinsing those canned foods will remove about 35 percent of their sodium. Also, when choosing processed foods, shop around. Comparing the sodium content for similar foods can save hundreds of milligrams of sodium.
For more Healthy Hearts Challenge tips, meal plans and recipes, visit the Healthy Hearts Challenge landing page.