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How do I measure the amount of salt I add to food?

Take the "shaker test" to find out how much salt you typically add to your food. Cover a plate or a bowl with foil or plastic wrap. Now salt your "food" just as you would if the dish contained a meal.

Measure how much salt you added. If it was 1/4 teaspoon, you added almost 600 milligrams of sodium to your meal, and 1/8 teaspoon adds about 300 milligrams.

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