Sodium chloride is the chemical name for salt. The words salt and sodium are not exactly the same, yet these words are often used in place of each other. Americans consume too much sodium. High sodium consumption raises blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Reducing sodium intake can help lower these risks. To help protect your heart, make a commitment to:Try to eat more fruits and vegetables.
For canned and frozen vegetables, look for no salt added or low sodium versions, or choose frozen varieties without sauce.
Check nutrition labels on packaged foods.
Compare sodium in different brands for products like processed soups, dressings/sauces, breads, and frozen meals, and choose those with lower sodium.
Eat at home more frequently, and prepare more meals from scratch.
To boost flavor, use salt free herbs and spices rather than processed sauces, packaged broths, or condiments.
Ask restaurants not to add salt to your meal, and use condiments in small amounts.
Re-train your taste buds. Over time, the less sodium you eat, the less you’ll want.
Foods high in Sodium
|Dill pickle||1 (4 1/2 oz)||1,930|
|Sea salt||1 tsp||1,716|
|Chicken broth||1 cup||1,571|
|Ravioli, canned||1 cup||1,065|
|Spaghetti with sauce,|
|Baking soda||1 tsp||821|
|Beef broth||1 cup||782|
|Italian dressing||2 Tbsp||720|
|Pretzels||5 (1 oz)||500|
|Pizza with cheese||1 wedge||455|
|Soy sauce||1 tsp||444|
|Corned beef||3 oz||808|
|Fish, canned||3 oz||735|
|Fish, smoked||3 oz||444|