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Most people are probably aware that too much sodium is a bad idea for those with high blood pressure, one of the major risk factors for heart disease. But fewer may know that keeping daily sodium intake to the recommended limit of 1,500 milligrams (mg) is a smart move for everyone — adults and kids alike.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), researchers estimate there would be 500,000 to 1.2 million fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years if Americans moved to an average daily sodium consumption of 1,500 mg.
Limiting sodium can significantly curb the rise in blood pressure that typically happens as we age. It also can reduce the risk of kidney disease, osteoporosis and stomach cancer, as well as heart attack, heart failure and stroke.
Yet, the average American consumes more than twice the recommended daily limit. Our increased reliance on sodium-packed processed foods and restaurant meals has upped the challenge of healthy, lower-sodium meal planning.
The AHA reports 65 percent of sodium consumption comes from supermarkets and convenience store foods, 25 percent from restaurants and only 10 percent from other sources, including the salt shaker at the dinner table.
How do you slash salt and get heart smart? Try these 7 tips for cutting down on sodium in your diet:
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