Put down that salt shaker
Consuming less sodium helps promote a healthy heart. Take control of your family's sodium intake by making good shopping, cooking and eating choices.
How much sodium do you consume each day?
The recommended daily allowance for sodium is 1,500 milligrams. Guess how much the average American adult actually eats?
C. Americans have developed a salty palate, and as a result, are consuming more than twice the recommended daily amount of sodium. The American Heart Association has kicked off the Sodium Swap Challenge, which advocates that reducing sodium intake over a three-week period will drastically change our sodium palate.
Not only will we enjoy foods with less sodium, but we'll find our faces less puffy and our jeans less tight. The American Heart Association (AHA) has a plan for your next 21 days:
Shop with sodium on the brain
You can't reduce your sodium intake until you know how much sodium your foods contain. When shopping, the following tips will help:
Take control when cooking
As the cook, you wield power over your family's sodium intake. A little change here and there can make a big difference.
Your family may be craving salt while their palates are adjusting. Resist the urge to pick up the salt shaker; instead, flavor their favorite foods.
Avoid the Salty Six
You know that french fries and peanuts are salty, but did you know these common, everyday foods are high in sodium as well?
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