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How much salt should a person with high BP get daily?

Anna Pace
Nutrition & Dietetics

Limiting or reducing salt intake is very important when managing high blood pressure. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends for those with hypertension to aim for less than 1,500 mg (~3/4 tsp.) of sodium a day.

The many highly processed and heavily salted food options at our fingertips these days can make this seemingly restrictive guideline impossible to achieve. Here are a few simple actions that can help you shake the salt habit:

  • Read labels, choose “low sodium” or “no added salt” products.
  • Drain and rinse canned goods.
  • Explore other ways to flavor your food. Try herbs, spices, garlic, or onions.

In addition to reducing salt intake, include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. These foods are naturally low in sodium and high in potassium, which together set the stage for optimal conditions to keep your blood pressure under control.

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