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Taming your taste for salt

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 9:16 am

Do you have a taste for salt? Many Americans do, but the sodium in salt does play a role in high blood pressure. According to the latest Dietary Guidelines from USDA, everyone, including children, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2300 milligrams per day. This is the amount of sodium in about one teaspoon of salt. Adults age over age 50, African Americans of any age, and individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should further reduce their sodium intake to 1500 milligrams per day. By the way, average daily sodium intake for Americans is 3400 milligrams!

Here are eight tips to help you cut back on sodium, taken from www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. I encourage readers to check out the website for the wealth of information on nutrition and meal planning on the site.

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