Reduce your sodium intake gradually. If you find that you are eating too many processed or convenient foods habitually, your sodium intake is probably high. Start reducing these foods slowly so your tongue has time to readjust and you will be able to enjoy foods with lower salt content.
Go easy on processed foods. Buy fresh food whenever possible. Most of the salt we consume comes from ultra-processed foods. These foods are the main source of sodium in the American diet. When using canned foods, rinsed them before cooking with them.
Be creative when cooking. Practice adding condiments and spices (oregano, paprika, garlic, basil , chili peppers and more) to your meals and use less salt. You could get ideas on how to use all types of spices from YouTube, Pinterest, books and the internet.
Read the labels. This is the best way to ensure that you are not using too much salt in your diet. These are some tips when reading food labels:
- • Sodium Free: Less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving.
• Low Sodium: 140 milligrams or less of sodium per serving.
• Very Low Sodium: 35 milligrams or less of sodium per serving.