Sodium: Smarten up

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Ready to take a step toward heart-healthy eating? Excess salt can lead to high blood pressure and is toxic for those with heart failure or kidney disease. Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet with these tips: 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 and beans, to remove some sodium. 4. Buy foods labeled "no salt added," "sodium-free," "low sodium" or "very low sodium."

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