As a registered dietitian on a cardiology unit, a big part of my job is educating patients on how to follow a low-sodium, heart-healthy diet. It’s important to note that a low-sodium diet is not just recommended for those with heart disease, but is for everyone.
The American Heart Association published new guidelines this year stating that all Americans need to limit their sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day. Too much sodium, or salt, can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. High blood pressure is already a major public health problem, with 90 percent of American adults expected to develop it in their lifetime. This is no surprise since the average adult consumes about 3,000 mg of sodium per day, more than twice the new recommendation.
Salt has a variety of roles in food, so oftentimes it can be hard to avoid. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started: Continue reading