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Salt and Sodium – TIP to help you cut back

Posted on 7/31/2012 by Yalonda Miller

Salt and Sodium – TIP to help you cut back

It’s clear that Americans have a taste for salt, but salt plays a role in high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Think fresh. Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli, and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.

For more tips on cutting back on salt and sodium: Salt and Sodium

For more tips and resources visit: Healthy Eating Tips

For information about the Behealthy School Kids Program call 336-703-3217, email millerya@forsyth.cc or visit www.forsyth.cc/PublicHealth/behealthy_school_kids.aspx.