Healthy Eating: Controlling Sodium in Our Diets

March 17, 2021

Everyone knows that what we eat influences us daily and over a lifetime. March is National Nutrition Month and the CDC’s Department of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is raising awareness about the harmful effects of too much salt (aka sodium) in our diets! 3 things you can keep in mind to start making better food choices, below!

  1. Consuming to much salt increases your risks of high blood pressure, which increases your risks of heart disease and stroke.
  2. Over salting food at home isn’t usually the culprit of salt-saturated diets. Instead, pre-packaged, overly processed, or restaurant made meals can be to blame! For a smart switch, opt for fresh foods, like homemade leafy green salads, in place of pre-prepped ones with salty toppings from the supermarket.
  3. Salt can often be replaced in recipes. Many herbs and spices have their own health benefits in addition to being flavorful! Experiment by replacing the salt with rosemary, thyme, pepper, or paprika.

For more information on any of these please visit https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/healthy_eating_kit.htm. 

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