Daily Q&A: How can I reduce my salt intake?

How can I reduce the amount of salt in my diet?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers a variety of steps consumers can take to lower salt intake.

Here are some of the FDA's suggestions:

• Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Consume foods that are rich in potassium. Potassium can help blunt the effects of sodium on blood pressure. The recommended intake of potassium for adolescents and adults is 4,700 mg/day. Potassium-rich foods include leafy, green vegetables and fruits from vines.

• Flavor food with pepper and other herbs and spices instead of salt.

• Choose unsalted snacks.

• Read food labels and choose foods low in sodium.

For more information about dealing with salt in your diet, visit the FDA Web site at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm181577.htm

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Daily Q&A: How can I reduce my salt intake? 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 3:49pm]

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