How do I keep my sodium (salt) intake low?

To meet your sodium target, here's what you need to do.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet with few processed foods.
  • Be aware that nearly all the foods you eat contain a little bit of sodium. Examine food labels closely, and keep track of your sodium intake.
  • Avoid adding salt to your food while cooking or at the table.
  • Avoid processed foods, which are typically high in sodium. For example, most canned foods, potato chips, pretzels, crackers, lunch meats, salted nuts, and frozen dinners contain a lot of sodium.
  • If you have a water softener, don’t use softened water for drinking or cooking water. Water softeners add a significant amount of sodium.
  • Check medication labels. Many over-the-counter medications such as laxatives, pain relievers, or heartburn medicine contain sodium. Ask your healthcare provider before you make any medication changes.
  • Use spices or flavorful foods such as onions and garlic to season meals without adding salt. However, watch out for onion salt and garlic salt, which contain sodium.

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