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Tips To Eat Less Salt and Sodium

  1. Read the food label to choose foods lower in sodium.

  2. Eat fewer canned and processed foods that are high in sodium (e.g., bologna, crisp pork rinds, sausage, pepperoni, salami, hot dogs, regular canned and instant soups, cheese, and chips).

  3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of salty snacks.

  4. Eat fewer salted crackers and nuts. Try unsalted nuts and unsalted or low sodium crackers.

  5. Eat fewer olives and pickles.

  6. Use half the amount of salt you normally use when cooking, if any.

  7. Season food with herbs and spices instead of salt.

  8. Use less bouillon, adobo, capers, and soy sauce. If you use these condiments, do not add salt to your food.

  9. Use garlic powder and onion powder instead of garlic salt or onion salt.

  10. Take the salt shaker off the table.

  11. Eat fruits without adding salt.

  12. When eating out, ask that salt not be added to your portion, especially with french fries.

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Last reviewed December 26, 2007