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Reducing Your Salt Intake

Salt can be hard to avoid in our modern world of highly processed foods. But lowering your intake of salt—or, more specifically, sodium—is an important goal for anyone who wants to eat a healthy diet.

Sodium is a necessary nutrient, but we only need about 500 milligrams of it a day. And an optimal intake is no more than 1,500 milligrams, according to health experts. Unfortunately, the average person now consumes more than 4,000 milligrams of sodium per day!

Why Keep Salt Intake Low?

A high–sodium diet is linked to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Also, sodium can damage bone health, since people on a high–sodium diet lose more calcium in their urine.

Will Food Still Taste Good?

Many people love salty food and fear that low–salt meals will not be as enjoyable. But if you give your taste buds time to adjust to less salt and learn new ways to flavor food, you will find that low–salt meals can be as delicious as they are healthy.

 

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