Ready to take a step toward heart-healthy eating? Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. Scale back without sending your taste buds into a panic: 1. Add spices or flavorings to your food instead of salt. Try salt-free seasoning blends. 2. Don't add salt when cooking rice, pasta or hot cereal. 3. Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some sodium. 4. Buy foods labeled "no salt added," "sodium-free," "low sodium" or "very low sodium."

Aug. 14, 2012