By EatingWell Editors, "Get the Salt Out,"January/February 2011
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.