February 01, 2003
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February 2003
Short Cuts:

The Shakeout on Salt

Even if you never wield a salt shaker, chances are you’re getting too much sodium in your diet. Indeed, processed foods and restaurant meals often are extremely high in salt.

More is at stake than flavor: Diets high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure and hypertension, upping the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ( advises adults to limit sodium to 2,400 milligrams a day. But it’s easy to blow these numbers in one sitting: A McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich has 1,180 milligrams of sodium; a half-cup serving of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup has 890 milligrams (and that little can has 2.5 servings).

To cut back on sodium, try these tips.

Up your intake of high-potassium foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
When dining out, ask your server to recommend low-salt dishes, or request that your meal be prepared without salt.
When cooking, use herbs, spices and lemon juice to add flavor.

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