Shaking the Salt habit to Lower High Blood Pressure: American Heart Association
Learn the most common sources of sodium:
- Table salt, sea salt, kosher salt
- Processed foods
- Natural foods that contain higher-than-average sodium content
(Cheese, seafood, olives, and some legumes)
- Some over-the-counter drugs
- Some prescription medications
Eating less of these food types will help reduce sodium intake and lower/prevent high blood pressure
Reminders when grocery shopping:
When shopping for groceries chose lower-sodium foods or low-sodium versions of your favorites.
Read the labels of all packaged or processed foods.
Eat more fruits and vegetables as snacks. When purchasing canned or frozen fruit be sure to choose the no-salt-added versions and look for choices without added sauces.
When Dining Out:
Be aware of low-sodium foods and look for them on the menu
Be specific when ordering, be sure to request that your dish is prepared without salt.
Don't use a salt shaker, instead use black pepper.
Add fresh lemon juice instead of salt on season fish and vegetables.