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How to Lower Sodium in Your Diet

Want to reduce the sodium in your diet? EatingWell's Brierley Wright shows how to lower sodium in your diet to lower blood pressure. Cut sodium intake by choosing low sodium foods, reducing the amount of sodium you cook with and buying frozen vegetables.

Hi, I'm Brierley, and today I'm going to show you some easy ways to cut back on your salt. Most Americans consume about a thousand milligrams more than what's recommended each day. Research shows that cutting back on sodium can help with both your blood pressure and your overall heart health. Prepared and processed foods provide most of the sodium in our diet. The easiest way to trim sodium is to replace packaged versions of things like soups, sauces and beans with homemade versions. When fresh vegetables aren't available, choose frozen over canned. A serving of frozen corn or peas instead of canned will save you about 400 mg of sodium. Keep a dish tasting great by using bold flavors like lemon zest or juice, or fresh or dried herbs. They awaken the flavors in your dish. You can also use seasoning blends found in the spice aisle of your grocery store. Just be sure that they say salt-free. As you can see, it's easy and delicious to decrease the sodium in your diet. For more healthy eating tips, come to eatingwell.com.
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