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Why is reading food labels important if I need to reduce my salt intake?

Melissa Stinson, NP
Nephrology
If you need to reduce your salt intake, be sure to read the nutrition labels on the food you purchase. Avoid items containing more than 20% of the recommended daily value of sodium. Sodium is often used as a preservative in canned, packaged and frozen foods, so buying fresh is optimal. If you do purchase prepackaged foods, choose items marked sodium/salt free, low/reduced sodium or no salt added.

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