9 Tips to Reduce the Salt in Your Diet

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Excerpted from a Harvard Special Health Report
  1. Buy vegetables that are fresh, frozen, or canned "with no salt added."

  2. Use fresh poultry, fish, and lean meat, rather than canned or processed types.

  3. Use herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning blends in cooking and at the table.

  4. Cook rice, pasta, and hot cereals without salt. Cut back on instant or flavored rice, pasta, and cereal mixes.

  5. Avoid convenience foods. Eliminate or significantly cut back on frozen dinners, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths, and bottled salad dressings.

  6. Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some sodium.

  7. When available, buy low-sodium, reduced-sodium, or no-salt-added versions of foods.

  8. Choose breakfast cereals that are lower in sodium or sodium-free.

  9. Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables instead of chips.

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