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Lower Sodium Intake, Lower Risk of Stroke

Lower Sodium Intake, Lower Risk of Stroke

You may only need to cut your daily sodium intake by a mere half teaspoon to see a benefit to your heart and brain.

In a dramatic study, researchers estimate that cutting out just 3 grams a day (about half a teaspoon of salt) could prevent up to 99,000 heart attacks and 66,000 strokes a year.

Unseen sodium
So what's half a teaspoon? It's the amount most of us probably put in our pasta water. Still, it's unlikely that your pasta water is putting you over the limit. Research suggests we get up to 75 percent of our daily sodium intake from processed foods and restaurant meals. In fact, packaged and processed foods have so much sodium that most of us end up eating 8 to 11 grams of salt a day—more than twice what's recommended.

Kick the salt habit
Time to get serious about your sodium intake. Try these tips and tricks for kicking salt to the curb:

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