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10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Break Now (Page 6)

Eating Too Much Sodium

5. Eating Too Much Sodium

Americans, on average, eat about 1,000 mg more sodium each day than we should. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, if we cut that much out of our daily diets, we'd lower our risk of heart disease by up to 9 percent. One of the easiest ways to cut your sodium intake is to cook at home using fresh ingredients. Restaurant foods and processed foods both tend to be very high in sodium. To trim your sodium intake even further, try boosting the flavor of food cooked at home with herbs and spices rather than salt. Find more easy ways to cut sodium here.

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