A lower salt diet. Easy tricks?

Most people are aware that quitting smoking is possibly the most important thing they can do to prevent heart disease. However, the World Health Organization states that eating less salt “sodium chloride” is equally important for heart health.
The body requires sodium to help regulate fluid levels, but a natural diet with no added salt contains more than enough sodium. Switching from a high-sodium to a low-sodium diet can reduce blood pressure in people with normal blood pressure. Blood pressure drops by 2 to 3 mmHg when sodium intake is reduced from 4000 to 2000 mg per day. This reduction, which can be as much as 10 mmHg over several years, can significantly lower the risk of heart disease. A low-sodium diet means more than eliminating the salt shaker from the table! Here are some useful tips to start eliminating salt:
1. Add spices to your food instead of salt. Try black pepper.

2. Shop for lower salt foods by comparing nutrition labels.

3. Choose fresh fruit & vegetables instead of canned ones.

4. Watch out for the salt content in ready-made pasta sauces.

5. Have reduced-fat mayonnaise instead of mustard.

6. Reduce effervescent vitamin supplement intake.

7. Reduce portion size. Less food means less sodium.

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Resources

WHO. “Salt reduction: fact sheet”. Accessed April 21, 2021.

Up To Date. “Patient education: Low-sodium diet (Beyond the Basics)”. Accessed April 21, 2021.

NHS. “Tips for a lower salt diet”. Accessed April 21, 2021.