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