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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011

Salt is hidden in many places you might not suspect, like many of the ketchup brands you probably enjoy with many foods.

Consuming too much sodium can cause increased blood pressure and put you at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. The U.S. Government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans currently recommends that you should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, or 1,500 milligrams for older adults, African Americans and people with high blood pressure.

But unless you read every food label and never dine out, you're probably getting far more than that. In fact, the average person consumes more than two times their recommended daily amount of sodium!

Here are the Mayo Clinic's tips for cutting back on sodium in your diet:
Eat more fresh foods and fewer processed foods.
Opt for low-sodium products.
Remove salt from recipes whenever possible.
Limit use of sodium-laden condiments.
Use herbs, spices and other flavorings to enhance foods.
Use salt substitutes wisely.

To learn more, visit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sodi...

To find out more about public health efforts to reduce sodium consumption, visit:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/card...
http://www.newsroom.heart.org/index.p...
http://www2a.cdc.gov/phlp/winnable/so...

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